COVID-19 Antibody Testing Available Now
Updated: May 8, 2020
Starting on Wednesday May 6th, Bios Comprehensive Medicine will be offering COVID-19 IgG and IgM Antibody testing. Please refer to my last blog regarding the details of the test. Based on my research, this test combines accuracy, affordability and speedy turnaround time.
The test that Bios Comprehensive Medicine offers should be used to help confirm past exposure and possible partial immunity. We do not offer the nasal swab test that you have probably heard about (which is best suited for those who suspect they are currently sick).
In order to protect other patients and building occupants, Bios Comprehensive Medicine will only perform this test on patients who do not have current symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, or muscle aches). This test is being used to confirm past exposure and possible partial immunity to COVID-19. In order to be tested, you must wait 20 days after first symptom onset. The test results are generally ready in 2-3 business days.
To help expand general access to high quality testing, we will administer this test without the usual requirement of a full appointment. For those who do not wish to discuss any additional concerns during this special 15-minute appointment, the visit fee will be waived. The cost of the test is $175 and it includes the blood draw in our office, processing, reviewing the test and calling you to discuss your results. No follow-up visit is required unless supportive care is requested. This visit is available for established patients as well as new patients! The test can also be done as part of a normal comprehensive visit. If you are interested in COVID-19 antibody testing and are new to the clinic, you will not be required to do a full New Patient visit. However, no other medical concerns will be able to be addressed. If a new patient receives the testing and would like to be seen for general care in the future, there will be a discount on the New Patient visit, but it will still be required. Please contact the office for more details.
Click here to schedule your blood draw now! Due to the processing time required for the test and same day shipping, no blood draws will be done after 3:00 pm.
No lab test is perfect. Here are some things to note about COVID-19 IgG and IgM Antibody testing in general:
The test has not been reviewed by the FDA. But, it can be used by healthcare professionals who are following the FDA Policy for Diagnostic Tests for Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) during this Public Health Emergency.
Negative results do not necessarily rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection, especially in those who have been in contact with the virus. Follow-up testing with a molecular diagnostic test should be considered to rule out infection if symptoms are present.
Results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection or to inform infection status.
Positive results may be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E.