I have received a positive rapid antigen test result, what should I do?

I have received a positive rapid antigen test result, what should I do?

If your rapid antigen test is positive you are no longer required by law to self-isolate (England). You should not travel. Rapid antigen tests are highly accurate, and NHS guidance no longer recommends doing a confirmatory PCR test following a positive rapid antigen test result. However you can choose to pay for a confirmatory PCR test for travel if you wish to re-test with the most accurate test type available. Please note that individuals can test positive on a PCR test up to 90 days after previous infection. Please do not try and re-submit another rapid antigen test even if a subsequent test is negative as we will be unable to provide you with a results certificate once you have tested positive. 

 

We are obliged to report all test results to Public Health England.

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