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Zika Virus Antibodies Blood Test (Flavivirus)
Zika Virus Antibodies Blood Test (Flavivirus)
Zika Virus Antibodies Blood Test (Flavivirus)
Zika Virus Antibodies Blood Test (Flavivirus)

Zika Virus Antibodies Blood Test (Flavivirus)

A blood test for one person to detect the Zika virus which looks at two different antibodies, one for current infection and one for previous infection.

Is it for you?

Have you been to a Zika-infected region and been bitten by a mosquito and/or experienced flu-like symptoms? Are you thinking about starting a family and want to make sure that you are infection-free? Do you know that you need to wait at least 2 weeks after you return to allow antibodies to be detected in your blood before taking this test? For anyone who has visited a country which is affected by Zika and is worried about potential infection, this is the test for you.
Blood sample 2 biomarkers included 8 working days turnaround

What's included?

Biomarker profile

  • Immunity

Immunity (2 Biomarkers)

Special instructions

If you have returned from an area where Zika virus is active within the past two weeks, then we recommend retesting again at the two week mark.
This venous blood test (which means it must be taken from a vein in your arm) measures two different antibodies to the Zika virus which will be able to tell whether you have a current infection or whether you have been infected in the past. The Zika virus is a mosquito-born virus which has been linked to birth defects in babies. A higher incidence of babies born with microcephaly, an abnormally small head, has been seen in areas where the Zika virus is widespread. Only 1 in 5 infections with Zika virus cause symptoms and even then, symptoms can be mild. They include flu-like symptoms such as headache, muscle and joint aches, red eyes and fever.
 
Please be aware this test carries a small risk of a false negative result. According to the test manufacturer, this is estimated to affect 3 out of every 100 negative results. 

This small risk of a false negative result means that even if your test result is negative, we would advise you to wait for the recommended period before starting to try for a baby:
  • Women who travelled to a Zika endemic area without their partner should wait 8 weeks after their return (or recovery from Zika infection) before trying for a baby.
  • Men have to wait for six months after their return (or recovery from Zika infection) before trying for a baby. This is because the virus can survive for 6 months in the male reproductive system.

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP

Why take this test?

  • You have travelled to an infected area and want to see if you are infected
  • You are pregnant or trying to conceive and want the reassurance of a Zika test
  • You have travelled to an infected area where you experienced mild, flu-like symptoms
  • You were bitten by a mosquito in an infected region

3 simple steps

  • Take the test

    Take the test - either using your kit or visit a clinic.
  • Post your sample

    Send your sample in the freepost pack to our fully accredited lab.
  • Get your results

    Get your doctor reviewed results on my.medichecks.com.
Expert interpretation<br>
of your results

Expert interpretation
of your results

One of our team of doctors will review your results and give you personalised advice based on your medical history, lifestyle and health and fitness goals.

Your personal<br>
health centre

Your personal
health centre

Discover the easy way to track your health through our online portal, my.medichecks.com. View your results with doctor's advice, monitor any changes over time and see the improvements you can make to your health with simple lifestyle changes.

Questions? Let us help

Questions? Let us help

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Important

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.