HIV RNA PCR Testing

Better2Know offer a 10 day HIV RNA test that can detect the presence of the HIV virus just 10 days after exposure. The test is available as part of Better2Know Early Detection Screen, which also detects Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

The Better2Know 10 day test uses a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing method, detects the genetic material of the HIV virus. The viral RNA (viral genetic material) is reliably detectable at 10 days post exposure and beyond.  The window period is shorter compared with other types of HIV testing which typically rquire up to 28 days to have passed before testing.

The 10 day HIV test is slightly less sensitive than the 28 day HIV Duo test so we do recommend that if you do take this test, you consider having a follow up HIV Duo test after waiting the 28 day period.

The results of the 10 day HIV test and of the Early Detection Screen will be ready just four working days from when your sample is received in our laboratory.

If you choose to have HIV testing with Better2Know we will not disclose that you have attended a test appointment to anyone without your consent.  However, the laboratory where your sample is analysed will follow national regulations in the event of a positive HIV test. This may include a requirement to provide photographic ID at the time of your test. All Better2Know screening options are flexible and you can choose which tests to include.

Better2Know offers HIV testing around the world. If you do not want to have your HIV test in the Middle East, we can help you with other locations: including London, Dublin, Madrid and Johannesburg. The decision is always yours on where to test.