About the Roche© Antibody test

An antibody test is a looking for things called antibodies in your blood. Your body makes these when it fights an infection, like Covid-19. The same thing happens when you get a vaccine, like a flu jab. That’s how you build immunity to a virus.

The antibody test isn’t checking for the virus itself. Instead, it looks to see whether your immune system (your body’s defence against illness) has responded to the infection.

Roche’s© SARS-CoV2 antibody test, which has a specificity greater than 99.8% and 100% sensitivity3 (14 Days post-PCR confirmation), can help assess patients’ immune response to the virus. As more is understood about immunity to SARS-CoV-2, the test may help to assess who has built up immunity to the virus.

The high specificity of the test is crucial to determine reliably if a person has been exposed to the virus and if the patient has developed antibodies.

Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 is an immunoassay for the in-vitro qualitative detection of antibodies (including IgG) to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in human serum and plasma. The assay uses a recombinant protein representing the nucleopsid (N) antigen for the determination of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. The test is intended as an aid in the determination of the immune reaction to SARS-CoV-2.

To learn more about the Roche© Assay please download our information pack

How does the Antibody Test work?

You’ll have to give some blood, in this instance through a finger prick or blood draw (blood draws have to be carried out by a trained phlebotomist).

These test for two kinds of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2.

They look for:

  • IgM antibodies, which develop early in an infection, and
  • IgG antibodies, which are more likely to show up later after you’ve recovered

Keep in mind that current antibody tests can’t tell you if you’re immune to Covid-19 just yet.

What’s in the Roche© Antibody Test?

Everything you need to carry out an Antibody Finger Prick sample will be delivered to your door with easy to follow instructions.

This includes:

  • Clear and concise instructions for using the kit
  • An alcohol swab to clean the finger(s) you’re using for testing
  • 4 safety lancets (needle devices for finger pricking)
  • A yellow capped tube for collecting your blood sample
  • A pathoseal plastic wallet for the sample tube
  • Plasters for your finger(s)
  • Your consent form to fill out your details
  • A prepaid addressed envelope for posting your sample back to us

We also have a helpful video that will guide you through your sample click here to view.

What’s the difference between a PCR test and an Antibody Test?

A PCR test, sometimes called a PCR antigen test, looks for signs of active virus in your body. It’s simpler and faster than an antibody test. But it tells you only if you have the virus in
your body at the moment when you’re tested. These tests are usually carried out using a nasal or throat swab.

An antibody test shows that you had the virus at some point in the past.

If you think you require a PCR test then click here to be taken to the correct page. (link to PCR)

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