Should I get a Covid-19 Self-Test Kit?

Group of People Are Encouraged To Use RTK Antigen (RTK-Ag) Self-Test Kit

The use of RTK-Ag Self-Test Kit should be used during a scenario that requires urgent results for prompt patient management and should be followed with an RT-PCR for a confirmatory test.1

These includes (but not limited to):

  • Screening for a person with COVID-19 symptoms in a confirmed cluster; 
  • Screening for close contact in a confirmed cluster;
  • Other screenings identified by MOH.

What Should You Do If Tested Positive/Negative

Important notes: 

  1. RTK-Ag (Rapid Test Kit-Antigen) Self-Test Kit has the advantage of providing fast results, it is inexpensive and can be used as a point of care testing. 
  2. Due to its limitation in sensitivity compared to molecular testing like RT-PCR (Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction), RTK-Ag testing is considered as a screening test, and RT-PCR shall be used as a confirmatory test to define a COVID-19 case. 
  3. Thus, positive RTK-Ag is regarded as a probable COVID-19 case and shall be followed by RT-PCR to confirm as a COVID-19 case
  4. A patient with a positive result must seek medical advice as soon as possible.
  5. A patient with COVID-19 symptoms shall be referred for a repeat test using RT-PCR even with negative RTK-Ag results. 

A glance at what you should do if you are tested positive/negative using the kit:

*Including individuals who fall under the Home Surveillance Order (HSO), and exhibit any COVID-19 related symptoms during the quarantine period.  

Not to forget, RTK-Ag Self-Test Kit may produce false-negative results in some instances. You should continue to be cautious and practise safety measures even if you are tested negative.

COVID-19 Self-Test Kits are available now at CARiNG Pharmacy. Visit your nearest CARiNG Pharmacy or CARiNG e-Store to place an order or to get more information. Find out more information about COVID-19 Self-Test Kit here.


Reference:

1. Guideline On Covid-19 Testing Using Antigen Rapid Test Kit (Rtk-ag) For The Health Facilities In Ministry Of Health Version 5.0. Ministry of Health Malaysia. Updated 27 January 2021.