COVID-19 Antibody Testing Consent
I am requesting and consent to receive a Covid-19 antibody test, which involves drawing blood from me to collect a sample, and which (although unlikely) could cause bruising or bleeding. Taking the COVID antibody test is entirely voluntary, and I can decide whether or not to take the test.
Antibody tests check your blood by looking for antibodies, which may tell you if you had a past infection with SAR-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections and can provide protection against getting that disease again (immunity).
An antibody test may or may not show if you have a current COVID-19 infection because it can take 1–3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies.
If you test positive
● A positive test result shows you may have antibodies from SARS-CoV-2. However, there is a small chance that a positive result means you have antibodies from an infection with a different virus from the same family of coronaviruses.
● Having antibodies to SAR-CoV-2 may provide protection from getting infected again, but it is unknown how much protection the antibodies may provide or how long protection lasts.
● Talk with your healthcare provider about your test result and the type of test you took to
understand what your result means. Your provider may suggest you take a different test to see if
the first test was accurate.
● You should continue to take action to protect yourself and others.
● You may test positive for antibodies even if you have never had symptoms of COVID-19. This
can happen if you had an infection without symptoms (an asymptomatic infection).
If you test negative
● You may not have ever had COVID-19. Talk with your healthcare provider about your test.
● The level of antibodies may wane over time, so if you had a Covid-19 infection some time ago,
the level of your antibodies at this time may be low.
● You could have a current infection.
o The test may be negative because it typically takes 1–3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies. So if you were exposed, you could still spread the virus.
o Some people may take even longer to develop antibodies.
If you get symptoms after the antibody test, you might need another test called a viral test, which
identifies the virus in samples from your respiratory system, such as a swab from your nose.
Regardless of whether you test positive or negative, the results do not confirm whether you are able to spread the virus that causes COVID-19. Continue to take steps to protect yourself and others.
I agree that a positive test result will be sent to the State Department of Health.