Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Antigen Rapid Tests (ART)

The Antigen Rapid Test (ART) kit screens for SARS-CoV-2, a virus that causes COVID-19. It is a screening tool that allows you to quickly detect any possible infection early.

ART self-test kits such as the Standard Q COVID-19 Ag Home Test will enable frequent and widespread testing for COVID-19, allowing more cases within the community to be detected quickly. 

Antigen Rapid Test (ART) is less intrusive and faster when compared to a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. This allows for the public to easily use it to test themselves if needed. 

Generally, ARTs have a sensitivity of approximately 80% for cases with higher viral loads and a specificity range of 97% to 100%. However, ARTs do have a lower sensitivity than PCR tests. Therefore, it is recommended that you follow up with a PCR test if your ART is positive or invalid twice.

Antigen Rapid Test (ART) is conducted by insert a swab stick approximately 2cm into the nostril. These swabs are less intrusive and shallower than the nasopharyngeal swabs taken for PCR tests. Users may experience some discomfort, but the swabs should not be painful.

There are no age restrictions for both the purchase and use of Antigen Rapid Test (ART) kits. However, please ensure that you refer to the instructions provided with the ART kit on the specific instructions for use.

For more information regarding Antigen Rapid Tests (ART), do visit https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/selftestart.