Questions about Antibody Testing

How is an antibody test performed?
Antibody tests require a blood sample. This can be collected by finger prick for selected tests, or via venous draw if you visit our doctors in-clinic.
Wed, 15 Dec, 2021 at 12:04 PM
Is there an age restriction on Antibody tests?
For our in-clinic service, we ask that patients be aged 12 or over, and be comfortable with having blood taken.  For finger prick kits there is no age l...
Wed, 15 Dec, 2021 at 12:11 PM
What is the difference between venous and capillary sampling?
Venous sampling requires a healthcare professional to draw the blood from a vein. Capillary sampling enables the use of a home-test kit, where you draw bloo...
Wed, 15 Dec, 2021 at 2:53 PM
What is the difference between the Roche and VirTus tests?
The VirTus test provides a quantitative score for both IgG (long-term) and IgM (short-term) antibody levels, and interpretation as to whether levels are Ver...
Wed, 15 Dec, 2021 at 2:54 PM
What will a spike protein antibody test identify?
The body's response to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infection or the body's response to vaccination against SARS-CoV-2
Wed, 15 Dec, 2021 at 2:55 PM
How accurate are the antibody tests?
Roche sensitivity 99.98% and specificity 98.8%. VirTus sensitivity 86.9% (community samples) & 100% (hospital samples) and specificity 98.1%
Thu, 16 Dec, 2021 at 12:06 PM
How soon after vaccination might I test positive to antibodies?
We recommend waiting a minimum of 14 days
Wed, 15 Dec, 2021 at 2:56 PM
How are antibody test results sent?
For the Roche test, they will be sent via SMS. For the VirTus, by email once you've registered your kit online.
Thu, 16 Dec, 2021 at 12:06 PM
Are results of the antibody test sent over the weekend?
For the Roche test, they will be sent Mon-Fri once available. For the VirTus, they are sent directly by the lab on the day of testing.
Thu, 16 Dec, 2021 at 12:08 PM
How long do antibody test results take?
The results for Antibody testing are as follows: - Roche Antibody Test, Self-Test Kit: we aim to get the results back 36 hours after it is received at the ...
Thu, 16 Dec, 2021 at 12:08 PM