What result might I receive from my Covid-19 (Rapid Antigen) test and what does it mean?


Please note: This information applies to Covid-19 Rapid Antigen tests, if your query is regarding a PCR test, please click here.


You’ll receive one of three possible results from your test:

Positive – this means that the sample you provided contains SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA. You can get this result even if you don’t have symptoms. You should isolate in line with current government guidelines and seek help and advice if you become unwell.

Negative – this means that the sample you provided doesn’t contain detectable levels of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA. However, you could have been previously infected by the virus and you could also be infected in the future.

Inconclusive – A failed or invalid result means no conclusions can be drawn on your current state of infection by SARS-CoV-2. This could be due to an incorrectly taken
test, or (on rare occasions) because the test, or components, may be defective. We recommend taking another test as soon as possible, please contact us to see how we can help.


To help you interpret your result, see below: