Rapid/point-of-care (POC) testing

Data source: Public Health Ontario Laboratory HIV Datamart

Key points

  • Rapid/point-of-care (POC) tests are HIV diagnostic testing that provides initial results at the same visit as the test. Go here for more information.
  • Between 2013 and 2017, the number of point-of-care (POC) tests decreased by 31.7% from 29,362 to 20,068 while the POC test positivity rate increased from 0.47% to 0.59%.



Figure 1 Number of POC HIV tests (thousands) and positivity rate (confirmed positive POC tests), Ontario, 2013 to 2017

Snapshot: Between 2013 and 2017, there was a 31.7% decrease in the number of POC tests and an increase in the percent of POC HIV tests that were HIV-positive.



Table 1 Number of POC HIV tests, confirmed positive POC tests, and test positivity rate, Ontario, 2013 to 2017


Notes: Data provided by Public Health Ontario Laboratory. Excludes HIV-negative prenatal tests. Positive results and positivity rate includes those being diagnosed for the first time in Ontario after being diagnosed previously elsewhere (known to be HIV-positive at the time of testing). Population estimates retrieved from Statistics Canada, accessed 04/09/2018.