renegade.bio offers a qPCR diagnostic test for COVID-19. qPCR stands for quantitative polymerase chain reaction. This type of test determines whether or not you have an active SARS-CoV-2 viral infection.
We use our proprietary RenegadeXP™ method, which offers increased testing speed and throughput at a lower cost per test than the CDC’s SARS-CoV-2 assay. We are permitted to perform this test under policy set forth by the FDA.
The testing location is outdoors, and we ask everyone to wear masks and keep social distance. Our technicians use the same equipment and precautions to protect your safety as in a lab or doctor’s office.
Go to the Primary site, where you can register, schedule, and pay for your test. When you register, we’ll email you with the time and location of your appointment.
Testing should take less than 15 minutes.
You’ll be asked for a credit card at the end of registration. To pay by cash, select the "no card" option at checkout and bring the full amount to your appointment.
No, ID is not required.
Follow the link in the confirmation email to the confirmation page. Scroll down for buttons to Reschedule Test and Cancel Test.
If you cancel or do not show up for your appointment, we will refund your payment minus a 20% cancellation fee one week after your appointment date. View the full Terms of Service.
The technician will ask you to tip your head back. They will then insert a swab less than 1” into your left nostril, rotate for a few seconds, and repeat for the right nostril. The process is quick and painless.
The entire experience should take less than 15 minutes.
When you register, you’ll provide your phone and/or email. Within 24 hours, you’ll receive a text message with a unique access code that you can use to access your results online.
You can access your results via most internet-connected devices (laptop, desktop computer, tablet, etc.), as long as you have access to the text message or email containing your unique access code. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can call (415) 324-6494 for help with your results.
Our test has a limit of detection of <12.5 copies/μL, which means it can detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus with very high accuracy (99.2%).
A single negative test result does not mean you are free from infection. It simply means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing, or the sample was collected too soon after you were infected.
False negatives are more likely than false positives, especially in the first days after exposure. The test is most accurate three to seven days after exposure. If you suspect your test result is inaccurate, you should get tested again.
If you suspect that you’ve been exposed, the safest way to protect those around you is to self-quarantine. Here’s more information from the CDC.
You’ll receive a call from our partnering medical provider, who can help you understand your result and what to do next. You should plan on isolating yourself from everyone (including those you live with) for at least 10 days. If you have a primary physician, you should let them know you’ve tested positive and discuss whether you need treatment.
We do not bill insurance companies at this time. However, some insurance companies will reimburse without preapproval for COVID screening and diagnosis. Check with your insurance company.