Presence of Anti-Bodies Testing Q & A:

My test came back negative, what does that mean?

A negative test means your blood sample did not show the presence of anti-bodies for COVID-19.  Anti-bodies would be present if you had the disease and recovered from it.  

My test came back positive, what does that mean? 

A positive test means your blood sample showed the presence of anti-bodies to COVID-19.  What the test CANNOT guarantee is that you are immune to COVID-19.

What does a positive coronavirus antibody test result mean for someone in terms of immunity?

It may mean someone has full immunity or partial immunity or no immunity at all. Some antibodies decrease over time, so you might be immune for six months to a year, and then maybe not at all later on.  There’s not enough research to give definitive answers right now.

How long will it take before we know for sure what positive COVID-19 antibody test results really mean?

A lot of research and probably a year of data collection will be needed before definitive answers can be provided.  Because first, you need to find people with the COVID-19 antibody. Then, you need to follow them to see if they become infected again if they’re exposed to the virus in the future. And that takes time.

Why is it important for people not to assume they’re immune if they test positive for COVID-19 antibodies?

There’s a big difference between telling someone they have immunity versus that they may have immunity. That’s a really important distinction to make.

With this virus, we just don’t know the answer yet. We can only advise patients that they may have immunity if the antibody test is positive. So, we advise patients not to change behavior for prevention.  Continue wearing protective equipment, wash hands a lot and practice social distancing.  

Where can I get the test?

The test is available at Family Medicine Associates.  It is also available direct through a Quest draw station. The cost for using the Quest draw station will be less than what is available through FMA.  You can find out more at: www.questdiagnostics.com

Will my insurance pay for this test?

Every insurance is different.  It would be wise to check with your insurance before you have the test and ask specifically if it will go toward deductible or what portion patients will be responsible for paying.  Once the bill is submitted to insurance, additional costs are billed direct from the lab (Quest) to the patient.    

If I pay out of pocket, what is my cost?

Family Medicine Associates will charge patients costs only.  Currently, self-pay pricing on this test is $75.00.  That amount would need to be paid at the time of service only.  After it is submitted to insurance, patients will be billed by Quest for whatever amount is not paid by insurance.    

Do the physicians at FMA recommend this test?

In some circumstances, the test may be a good idea.  A conversation with your provider will help answer this question.  In general, the test is expensive, it is very new so it does not have a proven history yet and it should not result in any change of behavior due to the unknowns of the virus.  In general, it may answer some questions but is not a valuable tool for decision-making for most patients.

Additional Information:

Requirements to be tested include:
Scheduled Lab Appointment
Normal temperature
Symptom free for 10 days
Signature of understanding of testing limitations and costs
Lab draw