At Clinical Supplies, we're dedicated to providing anyone who needs a rapid antigen testing kit to check whether or not they have a COVID-19 infection. We offer rapid antigen self-tests for even the most remote communities in the Northern Territory.
All of our rapid antigen tests are approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and can provide anyone with accurate test results. With a rapid antigen test, you don't need the help of a health professional or go to an RT-PCR testing site for a COVID-19 test.
These are ideal for any essential worker who finds themselves in high-risk situations, people who have come in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, or people who have developed symptoms and don't want to risk exposing other people to the virus at public testing sites.
To order rapid antigen tests for your home, all you have to do is head to our website where you can order a variety of rapid antigen tests. We also deliver these rapid antigen self-tests to your door, even if you live in a remote community in Australia's Northern Territory.
How To Use a Rapid Antigen Test
Rapid antigen tests are accurate and produce reliable results. Australia has removed the requirement of people who test positive through a RAT to undergo another RT-PCR test, as rapid antigen tests produce accurate results.
However, for your positive or negative test result to be as accurate as possible, you need to follow proper procedure. You don't need to go to a testing site with rapid antigen tests as you can use them to test yourself.
On your rapid antigen test, you will find detailed instructions on how to properly administer the test yourself. Most RATs follow the same methodology, but it's still important to go through your specific kit's instructions to ensure that you're following the proper procedure.
The general steps for conducting self-tests at home with rapid antigen kits are;
- Test yourself in a safe and sanitised area
- Place the buffer in the tube
- Collect the sample
- Mix the sample into the buffer for 15 seconds
- Drop 4-5 drops of the mixture onto the cassette
- Wait 15-30 minutes for the results
If you receive a negative result and don't feel any symptoms, you do not have COVID-19. However, if you get a positive result after testing yourself with a RAT, it's important to relay the relevant information to anyone you have come into close contact with during the past couple of days to inform that you tested positive for COVID-19 and to isolate and get themselves tested as soon as possible.
In Australia, they have removed the requirement to take an additional PCR test after testing positive for COVID-19 with an antigen test. Instead, they are required to isolate and if they develop symptoms or need assistance dial the Australia Coronavirus Hotline or visit the health website to talk to a professional.
When to Use a Rapid Antigen Test
Rapid antigen tests are applicable for anyone looking to check their COVID-19 status. And as long as you use testing kits from the Therapeutic Goods Administration, which you can view on the TGA website, your results will be valid and accurate.
Here are some instances where one might want to take a COVID-19 rapid antigen test;
If They Develop COVID-19 Symptoms
If you or anyone in your household developed symptoms of COVID-19 such as a sore throat, dry cough, or a loss of taste and smell, then it's highly recommended getting tested for COVID-19.
If They Come Into Close Contact With a Person Who Tested Positive for COVID-19
If someone you know and has had close contact within the recent days or weeks tested positive for COVID-19, it's important to get your hand on self-tests to check if you have COVID-19 as well.
Travel & Work
Some countries and businesses require a negative COVID-19 test result before they allow people in their territory. This is to reduce community transmission and ensure the person isn't at risk of spreading the virus to anyone else.
Why Use Antigen Tests?
Antigen tests are convenient and reliable. On top of that, you don't have to get tested by a health professional. So, people in a remote community or Commonwealth seniors who can't leave their house can use RATs to learn about their own COVID-19 status without putting themselves at further risk.
If you need COVID-19 self-tests and RATs in Australia's Northern Territory, head over to the Clinical Supplies website to view our selection.