Rapid/point-of-care (POC) testing

HIV diagnostic testing that provides initial results at the same visit as the test. The rapid test currently used in Ontario can provide results within minutes. Rapid testing was first introduced in Ontario in 2007. Rapid tests are provided to all 38 currently active anonymous testing organizations as well as four other organizations that are not legislated to provide anonymous testing. If a POC test is reactive (i.e. suggestive of an HIV-positive result), the result is not considered to be a final diagnosis. To confirm the result, a blood sample must be taken and sent to the laboratory for additional testing.