Antibody Testing Interest Form
This form is intended to answer questions about antibody testing. If, after reading this information, you would like us to call you for scheduling, please leave your contact information below.
An antibody test looks for the presence of antibodies, which are specific proteins made in response to infections. Antibodies can be found in the blood of people who are tested after infection and show that people have had an immune response to the infection. Antibody test results are not used to diagnose someone with an active COVID-19 infection. It typically takes 1 to 3 weeks after someone becomes infected with COVID-19 for their body to make antibodies; some people may take longer to develop antibodies. Depending on when someone was infected and the timing of the test, the test may not find antibodies in someone with an active infection.
Q: Will the antibody test tell me if I have COVID-19?
A: This test will only tell you if you have been previously exposed to, or infected with, the COVID-19 strain, SARS-CoV-2. However, this is not a diagnostic test. If you currently have symptoms, you are not eligible for this test.
Q: How is an antibody test performed?
A: This test is done through a blood draw in the Mesa County Public Health clinic.
Q: Does antibody testing predict immunity to COVID-19?
A: No. Antibody testing should not be used to predict immunity and all people should continue to follow CDC and public health guidelines to prevent the spread of the infection.
Q: How long after infection are antibodies still detectable?
A: This is still unknown as there is not enough data to determine that. It can take 1-3 weeks to develop antibodies.
Q: Does this test detect specific strains of Coronavirus?
A: The antibody test that MCPH is offering detects antibodies caused by the SARS-CoV-2 strain, also known as COVID-19.
Q: Do I have to get a test?
A: No, antibody testing is completely voluntary.
Q: Is Mesa County Public Health the only office offering the antibody test?
A: No. Many medical providers throughout the valley are.
Q: How much does the test cost?
A: $50 - this is due at the time of service. We are not able to bill insurance but we recommend you check with your insurance provider prior to your appointment, if your insurance doesn’t cover antibody testing, the charge from the lab is around $100.
Q: Does the test only show IF you’ve been exposed, or can it also tell you WHEN?
A: The results will show if antibodies are present or not, but does not identify a timeline, you will be asked at your appointment or during scheduling when you were sick. There is not a lot of data that shows how long the antibodies for COVID-19 last, so this test should not be used as a diagnosis or to show the exact timing of a possible exposure or infection.
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