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RT-PCR COVID-19 Test
At-Home Testing
RT-PCR COVID-19 Test

The RT-PCR COVID-19 Test is a molecular lab test that uses a deep throat saliva sample collected in the comfort of your own home. The results tell you if you are positive or negative for COVID-19 - view sample report.

Receive digital test report within 24 hours.
Negative results issued by Hong Kong government-recognised, ISO 15189 laboratory.
Deep throat saliva sample collection performed at home.
Schedule a pick-up service for your sample OR self return in Quarry Bay.

RT-PCR Test
The Gold Standard

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RT-PCR is a highly-accurate, global gold standard technology in the detection of COVID-19. RT-PCR tests are widely recognised and accepted by majority of countries for pre-departure certification.
Measures:
The presence or absence of SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus
Collection Method
Deep throat saliva sample collection
Testing Method
RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) Test
Gold Standard
Technology recognised by Hong Kong and worldwide governments.

Approved and Certified by the Hong Kong Government

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We are proudly one of the first private COVID-19 laboratories recognised by the Hong Kong Government, and have been at the forefront of the global fight against the virus.
ISO-15189 certified laboratory
Easy, safe and accurate COVID-19 testing services
Private, secure results adhering to ISO-27001 Information Security Standards with SSL encryption
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Trusted Results

We are proudly one of the first private COVID-19 laboratories recognised by the Hong Kong Government, and have been at the forefront of the global fight against the virus.
Tests conducted at our ISO-15189 certified laboratory.
Results received via email and online within 24 hours from the time your sample reaches our laboratory.
Safe and accurate COVID-19 tests on-site and at home.
When will I receive my kit?
Order Time
Mon - Sat 12:00 am - 05:59 am
Mon - Fri 06:00 am - 11:59 pm
Sat 06:00 am - Sun 11:59 pm
Delivery Time
Same Business Day 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Next Business Day 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Next Business Day 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
*If order is placed on a public holiday, delivery will be made on the next business day.
When will I receive my results?
Drop Off Time
Mon - Sat 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Result Ready Time
Next Day   10:00 am
Schedule a Pick Up Time
Mon - Sun 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Result Ready Time
Next Day   10:00 am

Schedule a Pick-up Service or Self Return

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Courier Pick-up

Sample Pick-up Service

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Schedule an appointment for sample pick-up with our trusted courier service provider. Available 7 days a week in the comfort of your home.
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Self-return

Sample Drop-off Point

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7/F, Prosperity Millennia Plaza, 663 King's Road, North Point

Operation Time*: Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
*Except Public Holidays
CLICK HERE for Google Maps

What’s included

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About Project Screen

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With increased global demand for COVID-19 testing, we launched Project Screen by Prenetics in 2020 in support of keeping our community safe. We took advantage of our laboratory network, scientific expertise, and digital systems to deliver best-in-class, safe and accurate COVID-19 testing solutions.

Project Screen has become the trusted testing partner for the Hong Kong government, major corporations, event organisers, and individuals. We are thrilled to be playing our part in helping the people of Hong Kong stay safe and reclaim normalcy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which organisation is doing the testing?
Prenetics, a leading global genomics testing provider that operates and owns its own internationally accredited laboratory in Hong Kong, will be doing the testing. Prenetics is one of the most well-funded genomics and digital health companies in the world, with over USD 50m in funding, and offices in 10 locations across the globe including Hong Kong, Singapore, London and more, with a team of over 150 people.
What does this test measure and what type of sample do you require?
Our COVID-19 test is a RT-PCR laboratory test that looks for the presence or absence of unique genomic markers of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that caused COVID-19. Following COVID-19 sample collection guidelines designed specifically for Hong Kong, we require a deep throat saliva sample - to be collected in the morning.
Is this an approved test by government bodies such as the CFDA and the CDC?
Yes. Prenetics utilises two test kits that are approved by the CFDA, CDC and CE - IVD. The first test kit that we use is a CFDA and CE - IVD approved kit from Coyote Biosciences, whilst the latter is from Integrated DNA Technologies and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Additionally, our COVID-19 test has also been recommended by FIND - The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics.
How accurate is the test?
Based on validated studies, the analytical test performance is measured at 99.9% sensitivity and specificity in the detection of COVID-19 for both the Coyote Biosciences test kit and both CDC-approved test kits. As is the case for standard lab testing protocols, Prenetics is expected to perform an extra confirmatory test for any positive tests using the same sample. This is to ensure positive results are, indeed, positive. Individuals will not need to submit a new sample.
What will the results tell me?
The COVID-19 Test will tell you if you are positive or negative for SARS-CoV-2 - the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Your results will be sent digitally to the email address we have on file.

According to standard lab testing protocols, positive results will undergo a second test with the same sample to confirm its status. A positive result means that you are infected with SARS-CoV-2 and are potentially contagious. Prenetics will then provide you with a consultation. You will be asked to immediately self-isolate as a mean to limit the risk of exposure to the community. As COVID-19 is a statutory notifiable disease under CAP 599a, Prenetics will notify the Centre for Health Protection, where we will arrange your positive sample to be sent to for further evaluation.

For those with negative results, it means that the virus was not detected in the sample at the time of the laboratory test. A negative result does not rule out the fact that you do not have COVID-19. If it’s negative, it may be because it is still too early in the infection stage, where the viral load may be so low that it is not detected. A negative result could also be due to your sample not being collected properly, or that you're later exposed and developed the illness.

If you are tested negative and have mild symptoms such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath, and/or have had close contact with an infected individual, you may want to consider getting re-tested within the 2-14 days incubation period (longer incubation periods of up to 27 days have also been previously reported).
How does this test compare to the COVID-19 tests available at Public Hospitals, Private Hospitals and clinics?
The Prenetics COVID-19 Test is a RT-PCR test - the global gold standard - that detects the SARS-CoV-2 virus in individuals. It uses the same RT-PCR methodology following COVID-19 guidelines specifically for Hong Kong, as well as by local private hospitals such as Sanatorium, Adventist, and other private clinics. Please click the links below for more information.

The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Why is your test so much cheaper than tests from other private hospitals and clinics?
The price we charge is fully transparent. The price we charge is only allowing us to cover our costs. In these uncertain times, it’s important that companies and individuals who have the resources and ability to make an impact do so for the greater good of the community.

If you would like to receive a RT-PCR COVID-19 testing in a private hospital, please see the information below:

Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital
COVID-19 Test fees: HKD 2,000
Eligibility: Doctor determines eligibility. Not eligible if you have recent travel / contact history and symptoms.
Results: Same day - 1 business day
Telephone: 2835 8602

Tsuen Wan Adventist Hospital
COVID-19 Test fees: HKD 1,500 - 2,270
Eligibility: Doctor determines eligibility. Not eligible if you have recent travel /contact history and symptoms.
Results: Same day
Telephone: 2275 6688

Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, Stubbs Road
COVID-19 Test fees: HKD 1,500 - 2,000
Eligibility: No conditions. Go home with test kit, collect sample and return it to hospital.
Results: Same day - 1 business day
Telephone: 3651 8808
How do I receive and send the Sample Collection Box back to the laboratory?
You may proceed ordering the kit online via our online platform and have it delivered to you within the next business day. Once received the kit, you can proceed with testing in the morning of the scheduled test day. Once your sample is ready, please drop off your sample at our Project Screen sample drop-off point on the same day. Your test result should be ready in the next 24 hours. Should you not hear from us in 24 hours, that means your test result is negative.
What is the difference between RT-PCR COVID-19 tests and serology antibody rapid tests?
RT-PCR and antibody tests are needed to ultimately fight COVID-19. They are, however, for very different uses and should not be confused with one another.

RT-PCR is a laboratory test and is the global gold standard for detecting current infections of SARS-CoV-2 - the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Serology antibody rapid tests are either a laboratory test or a finger-prick rapid test that uses your blood as the specimen type. Antibodies are generated by our immune system when we have contracted a virus. As there are individuals who may have contracted SARS-CoV-2 - but with no or only have mild symptoms - antibody testing can tell if you have been previously infected as antibodies for the said-virus would be in your system. Therefore, if the RT-PCR of the deep throat saliva shows the presence of the virus, it can be concluded that a patient is COVID-19 positive (and therefore infected). However, the antibody test of the same patient will most likely be negative, as COVID-19 antibodies take a duration of 5-8 days to be in sufficient quantities and to be detected.

Additionally, the WHO has also recently published statements with regards to the different types of testing.

While antibody tests can be valuable, COVID-19 antibody testing hasn’t been fully tested yet to ensure reliability, which is why guidelines set specifically for Hong Kong regarding COVID-19 recommends only RT-PCR testing in the detection of COVID-19.

WHO does not currently recommend the use of antigen-detecting rapid diagnostic tests for patient care, although research into their performance and potential diagnostic utility is highly encouraged.

WHO does not recommend the use of antibody-detecting rapid diagnostic tests for patient care but encourages the continuation of work to establish their usefulness in disease surveillance and epidemiologic research.
Am I eligible for testing?
In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines set specifically for Hong Kong, this test is not intended for individuals who are currently experiencing severe symptoms which include constant chest pain or pressure, severe cough, severe shortness of breath, extreme difficulty breathing, constant lightheadedness, serious disorientation or unresponsiveness, and/or severe fever (greater than 38°C).

If you are not exhibiting severe symptoms, you are then eligible for testing.

If you are experiencing severe symptoms, please do seek immediate medical attention.
Why should I get tested?
Knowing whether you have COVID-19 can help you prevent the spread of the virus and also to ensure you are getting the proper care. It also gives you an opportunity to inform those you’ve been in close contact with, so they may also be tested. Some individuals who contract the disease are asymptomatic and may not even know they have it, meaning that they are potential carriers who can pass it on to others. COVID-19 is known to share many symptoms with the flu, the common cold, even allergies, so it's important to know as the actual disease may be masked by its symptoms.
How often should I get tested?
This really depends on a variety of factors and there are no global guidelines or standards when it comes to how often you should get tested. If you feel you are at higher risk due to your profession, you may want to test more frequently. For example, people who are at higher risk professions such as healthcare workers may want to test weekly. Keep in mind that the resting results are only applicable to you at the point of testing. If you are practicing social distancing and deemed at low risk, you may not need to be tested frequently.
Will this affect my insurance or medical services?
No. Testing positive or negative will not affect your insurance or medical services. Additionally, we do not share ANY information with your insurance company, registered healthcare professionals, or other providers without your consent.
Can the test be performed on individuals under the age of 18?
The test can be performed on anyone under the age of 18. Parents or guardians of the minor would simply need to consent to the test on his/her behalf. However, we do not suggest customer purchase a kit if kids are not able to collect a deep throat saliva sample.
Is the test available outside of Hong Kong?
No. At this time, we are focusing our testing efforts to solely serve Hong Kong. If you would like to be notified when we make our test available internationally, please get in touch with us here.
How many tests can I purchase?
Due to an increasing demand, we are limiting orders to 4 test kits per household. We are looking to ramp up testing as fast as possible, and may increase order limits in the future.
I would like to order in bulk for my company. Do you offer bulk discounts?
It’s great to see you taking a proactive approach to the health of your employees. As we have priced the test kits to just cover our costs, we cannot provide additional discounts for any bulk orders. Therefore, tests would be priced the same whether you decide to order 6 or 6,000 kits. Please apply for bulk orders here.
How will my data be used, and who will have access to it?
Prenetics’ internationally accredited laboratory adheres to international and industry standards, including ISO 27001 Information Security Standards, and administers a number of steps and protocols to ensure that your data remains safe and secure.

The only parties who would have access to your test results data (negative results) would be yourself, and Prenetics - i.e. the testing party. Prenetics does not share the data with any third party or any other member of the companies involved in the Project Screen consortium without your prior consent.

For data pertaining to any positive test results, Prenetics would need to notify the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection as COVID-19 is deemed a statutory notifiable disease. The Centre for Health Protection is an agency under the Department of Health in Hong Kong responsible for disease prevention and control. The information would be used to track new infections for the purpose of public health awareness and response. Additionally, for any positive test results, Prenetics will share the physical sample - that has been anonymised - with CUHK who will sequence the genome of the virus to identify its strain, which could be used to pinpoint the source of infection and also provide important information about how the virus may be mutating.

All samples will only be tested for COVID-19 and negative samples will be discarded within 7 days accordingly to ISO-15189 laboratory guidelines.
How will you protect my privacy?
Prenetics takes the trust you place in us seriously. To prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, to maintain data accuracy, and to ensure the appropriate use of information, we use a range of physical, technical, and administrative measures to safeguard your Personal Information, in accordance with current technological and industry standards. In particular, all connections to and from our website are encrypted using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
How is my data stored?
Prenetics stores your data on Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS is recognised as a global leader in the security of genomic data. To provide even further assurance for our customers, we also separate any personally identifiable information and genomic information. Learn more about AWS genomics security here.
What's your refund policy?
All sales are final. If your plans have been disrupted due to a flight cancellation, schedule change, or entry restriction imposed by the authorities as a result of COVID-19, you may request for a full refund within 90 days of purchase. Please contact us at projectscreen@prenetics.com for further assistance.