Positive PCR test result

Last Updated: 16 Aug 2022 10:52am

State-run PCR clinics now test everyone for COVID-19, influenza A, influenza B and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

If you have tested positive to any of these illnesses, the care you need is available for you. Find out more in the links below.

Some people are at higher-risk of severe disease from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. These people may be eligible for special medications that help treat respiratory illness. These medications are known as antiviral medicines, or simply ‘antivirals’. Antivirals help reduce the severity of illness and reduce the risk of hospitalisation.

If you believe you are at higher-risk and eligible for antiviral medication, you should contact your regular GP or health care provider as soon as possible. If you have tested positive to COVID-19 or flu and do not have a regular GP or they are not available:

  • doctors at GP-led respiratory clinics across the state can provide guidance on how to access antivirals. Find out more about GP-led Respiratory Clinics including how to book an appointment
  • call the COVID@homeplus team on 1800 973 363 to discuss your care options
  • the National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080 can provide general guidance on antivirals
  • or contact an afterhours doctors service

Not everyone is eligible for antiviral medication and people who are eligible for antivirals to treat flu may not be eligible for antivirals to treat COVID-19.

People who are high-risk and eligible for antiviral medication to treat COVID-19

People who are high-risk and eligible for antiviral medication to treat flu

Senior Australians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may be eligible for antiviral treatments if you are:

  • 70 years and older, regardless of risk factors and with or without symptoms
  • 50 years or older with additional risk factors
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, 30 years or older and with additional risk factors.

Risk factors for these groups include:

  • living in residential aged care
  • living with disability with multiple conditions and/or frailty (but not limited to living in supported accommodation)
  • neurological conditions like stroke or dementia and demyelinating conditions e.g. multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • chronic respiratory conditions including COPD, moderate or severe asthma
  • obesity or diabetes (type I or II requiring medication)
  • heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies
  • kidney failure or cirrhosis
  • living remotely with reduced access to higher level healthcare.

People aged 18 years and older

If you test positive for COVID-19 and are moderately to severely immunocompromised, you may be eligible for antiviral treatments.

Conditions include:

  • blood cancer or some red blood cell disorders (thalassemia, sickle cell disease)
  • transplant recipient
  • primary or acquired (HIV) immunodeficiency
  • chemotherapy or whole-body radiotherapy in the last 3 months
  • high dose corticosteroids or pulse corticosteroid therapy in the last 3 months
  • immunosuppressive treatments in the last 3 months
  • rituximab in the last 12 months
  • cerebral palsy or Down Syndrome
  • congenital heart disease
  • living with disability with multiple conditions and/or frailty.
  • aged 65 years or older
  • pregnant
  • have the following chronic conditions
    • heart disease
    • Down Syndrome
    • obesity
    • chronic respiratory conditions
    • severe neurological conditions
    • immune compromise
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander of any age
  • aged 5 years or younger
  • a resident of an aged care facility or long-term   residential facilities
  • homeless