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Here Are The 12 COVID-19 Self-Test Kits Approved In Malaysia & Where To Buy Them

They can give you results within 15 to 20 minutes.

Cover image via Shafwan Zaidon/Malay Mail & AFP/The Straits Times

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Editor's Note: The story has been updated to include self-test kits approved by MDA as of 24 August.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has recently approved COVID-19 self-test kits for the use of the public in Malaysia

The COVID-19 self-test kits are also known as Antigen Rapid Test Kits (RTK-Ag) that simply require a nasal swab or saliva sample, and can give you results within 15 to 20 minutes.

In their guidelines, the MOH reminds individuals that the COVID-19 self-test kits are screening tools, used for the advantage of quick and easy detection at home.

They do not replace the gold-standard, diagnostic RT-PCR tests to confirm your COVID-19 status.

As of 24 August, the Medical Device Authority (MDA) has approved twelve self-test kits from different companies to support detection of the coronavirus in the community.

As there may be a variety in the market, the ministry is reminding consumers to ensure that the kits they buy are MDA-approved

The COVID-19 self-test kits can be used by:
- Individuals who want to screen themselves for their COVID-19 status,
- Individuals who have had contact with COVID-19 cases, or
- Other screening opportunities, including at international entry points, interstate and pre-employment screening, as well as pre-admission to higher institutions.

You can get the COVID-19 self-test kits:
- As supplied at any MOH health facility as per their requirements, or
- By purchasing them at authorised pharmacies and private health facilities.

You can also purchase them online from authorised pharmacies and healthcare providers, such as Watsons, Guardian, Caring, AA Pharmacy, Multicare Pharmacy, Healthlane Pharmacy, Alpro Pharmacy, and DoctorOnCall.

The recommended retail price for these tests is RM39.90.

Here are the approved RTK-Ag tests you can use at home:

1. Salixium COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Kit

Sample: Saliva and nasal swab

Company: Reszon Diagnostics International

Manufacturer: Reszon Diagnostics International, Selangor, Malaysia

Accuracy: Sensitivity 91%, specificity 100%

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM39.90

2. Gmate COVID-19 Saliva Ag for Home Use

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Sample: Saliva

Company: Citymedic

Manufacturer: Philosys, Korea

Accuracy: Sensitivity 91%, specificity 98%

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM33.90 to RM39.90

3. BeRight COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test

Image via Medinics

Sample: Saliva

Company: Medinics

Manufacturer: Hangzhou AllTest Biotech, China

Accuracy: Sensitivity 90%, specificity 99%

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM29.90 to RM39.90

4. AllTest COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test

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Sample: Saliva

Company: Global Science

Manufacturer: Hangzhou AllTest Biotech, China

Accuracy: Sensitivity 90%, specificity 99%

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM35.90 to RM39.90

5. JusChek COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test

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Sample: Saliva

Company: Neopharma Biotech Asia

Manufacturer: Hangzhou AllTest Biotech, China

Accuracy: Sensitivity 90%, specificity 99%

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM35.90 to RM39.90

6. Longsee 2019-nCoV Ag & Influenza A/B Rapid Co-Detection Kit

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Sample: Saliva

Tests for: COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) and the common flu (Influenza A and B)

Company: Jingga Anggun

Manufacturer: Guangdong Longsee Biomedical, China

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM37.90 to RM39.90

7. Sichuan Xincheng SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Assay

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Sample: Nasal swab

Company: Hexamine

Manufacturer: Sichuan Xincheng Biological, China

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM39.90

8. Flowflex SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test (Self-Testing)

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Sample: Nasal swab

Company: Translab (M)

Manufacturer: ACON Biotech, Hangzhou, China

Accuracy: Sensitivity 97%, specificity 99%

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM39.90

9. Standard Q COVID-19 Ag Saliva Home Test

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Sample: Saliva

Company: Neoscience

Manufacturer: SD Biosensor, Korea

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM39.90

10. ProDetect COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Self-Test (Saliva)

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Sample: Saliva

Company: Medical Innovation Ventures

Manufacturer: Medical Innovation Ventures, Penang, Malaysia

Accuracy: Sensitivity 93%, specificity 99%

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM31.90 to RM39.90

11. NewGene Bioengineering COVID-19 Antigen Detection Kit

Sample: Saliva or nasal swab

Company: Dewina Consult

Manufacturer: NewGene Bioengineering, Hangzhou, China

Accuracy: Sensitivity 96%, specificity 99%

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM39.90

12. COVID-19 Antigen Detection Kit (Colloidal Gold) Self-Test Kit

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Sample: Saliva

Company: Tree Med

Manufacturer: Zhuhai Lituo Biotechnology, China

Accuracy: Sensitivity 93%, specificity 99%

Time to result: 15 minutes

Price: RM39.90

How to use the COVID-19 self-test kits

Although all the tests are similar, always read the individual product's instructions before use.

Generally, this is how the procedure goes:
- Try not to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes before doing the test.
- Sanitise or wash your hands before opening the kit.
- Take the saliva (deeply cough and spit into the test tube) or swab sample (swab the inside of your cheek or nostril and stir it in the test tube) as stated in the kit.
- Add reagent into the test tube to be mixed.
- Add two drops of that sample into the well of the cassette, then wait 15 minutes.
- Read the test results. There will be a control line (C) and a test line (T).

After performing the test, make sure all the tools are thrown into the biohazard bag given in the kit and tie it up properly before disposal. Also, disinfect the area you carried out the test at and wash your hands with soap and water.

In fact, here's a video tutorial to walk you through:

What to do after you've received your results

If you tested positive:
- You must report your positive result on MySejahtera (as mandated in the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 [Act 342]).
- You are to present yourself to either a private health facility, COVID-19 assessment centre (CAC), or nearby public health clinic for assessment and further action (most likely a confirmatory PCR test). Be sure to wear a face mask when leaving the house and avoid public transport.

If you tested negative:
- You may report your negative result on MySejahtera.
- However, if you have symptoms, please head to a private health facility or public health clinic for an assessment.
- If you are a close contact of a COVID-19 case, you must still continue your compulsory quarantine period of 10 days.

Head to the 'COVID-19 Self Test' section on MySejahtera to update your test results.

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Here's a guide on how to quarantine at home if you test positive:

Be aware that you can still get infected with COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated:

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