I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the Antibody Test, so I thought I’d type up a quick post with what I’ve learned/understand. I don’t have my test results yet, but I’m the first person the clinic had tested who actually had a positive COVID-19 nasal swab test, so we are all very anxious to see how the results come back. I should have those by Tuesday.
What are they testing for?
The blood draw tests for antibodies to the COVID-19 antigens. In other words, it tests to see if my body now has natural immunity to COVID-19. Keep in mind that I am not an infectious disease specialist, but here is what I understand I am being tested for:
The clinic I went to is True Health DPC in Silverton, Oregon. The doctor is Dr. Tomas Gigena, and normally this is a “member-only” clinic, but they are partnered with Vibrant America Labs (who responded to the FDA’s request to provide this testing) to do this test and are hoping to be able to continue to offer it to the public (by appointment only) for $169. As we’ve all learned with this virus, things change fast…so for the most up to date information about the clinic/testing go to their website: https://truehealthdpc.com/covid19testing
What percentage are coming back positive for the antibodies?
They say between 30-40% of the tests are coming back positive for 1 or more of the antibodies.
Who are they testing?
Anybody who thinks they had the virus, but doesn’t have active symptoms. They are not testing to see if you HAVE the virus…they are checking to see if you HAD it.
The original virus that came out of Wuhan, China was named SARS-CoV-2, and was later named coronavirus disease 2019…aka COVID-19. True Health DPC is testing for antibodies to four (4) different COVID-19 antigens…which I understand are different strands of the virus: SARS-CoV-2, IgM, IgG, and IgA. There is a chance that I will have antibodies to all four antigens…we’ll soon see!
Why get tested?
Peace of mind, mostly. It would be good to know if you’ve already had it and fought it. It is especially important for people in certain lines of work to know this. I am excited to find out because I want to begin donating plasma to the American Red Cross asap!
If you are interested in getting tested, reach out to True Health DPC. They are a small clinic (only 3 people) and are working really hard to provide this service to as many people as they can.
Take care, everyone! I’ll let you know what I find out when my antibody test results are returned! XOXO, Jill