lgG and lgM Antibody Testing
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an IgM and what is an IgG? Upon infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, (COVID-19), the patient's immune system tries to fight the virus by producing blood-circulating molecules known as antibodies. IgM is a class of antibodies that appears early after an infection (as early as 3-5 days).
IgM is the body's first line of defense against a foreign antigen.
IgG is another class of antibodies that appears later and gradually replaces the IgM antibodies.
Usually, IgG antibodies appear in the blood circulation within 3-4 weeks after initial infection. The presence of SARS-CoV-2-specific IgM and/or IgG antibodies in the blood of a patient is a strong indication that the patient has been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
How long does it take to develop the IgG & IgM antibodies after exposure to the Coronavirus? IgM as early as 3-5 days. IgG as early as 3-4 weeks post infection.
What does a positive IgG result mean? Most likely the individual was exposed at least 3-4 weeks prior to testing.
What does a positive IgM result mean? IgM is the body's first line of defense against a foreign antigen, so the individual was recently exposed to an infection (as early as 3-5 days)
If neither are positive, does this mean the patient was never exposed? No, only the Real Time RT-PCR,DNA, swab test is a current indicator searching for the presence of SARS-CoV-2.
If a patient shows the presence of the antibodies, does this mean they cannot become infected with the virus in the future? If the IgG is positive, there is a good chance the individual's body built a defense against the virus.
How long will it take to receive results? Within 24-48 hours
Is this an at home test? No, this requires a venipuncture by a healthcare professional and will be tested by a CLIA certified High Complexity Lab.
Can a mobile phlebotomist be sent to your home or office for this test? Yes
What is the test methodology for COVID-19 IgG & IgM AntibodyTesting? Chemiluminescense ImmunoAssay
How is your test different from other rapid at-home antibody tests? This is not an"at home test." This test is performed at a CLIA certified lab that is CAP accredited.
What is the clinical specificity of this test? 97.50%
What is the clinical sensitivity of this test? 89.89%
Is the testing method authorized by the FDA? The CLIA certified lab uses instrumentation that is listed on the FDA's list of authorized instrumentation. The lab follows the FDA's guidance. The test is FDA authorized.
Does Pure Skin or Access Labs accept insurance for this testing? No, however, Pure Skin can provide a receipt that the patient can submit to their insurance company or HSA account. Insurance companies may or may not cover the test or any portion of it; but it should count toward patient's out of network, out of pocket deductible.
What is the cost of this test? $150 for IgG test only, or $250 for both IgG and IgM testing in office. Add $100 for a mobile phlebotomist to come to your home. *Employers, call for special pricing to test employees.
Do I need an appointment? YES, antibody blood draw testing must be scheduled by calling 561-346-0833.
Please note: anyone desiring to be tested will be pre-screened. In addition, gloves and masks will be worn by all individuals administering and receiving the test. Additional supplies will be available for purchase at screening if desired.
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2810 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach FL 33405