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Tue Sep 7, 2021, 07:03 AM

Question about Covid antibodies,

I'm scheduled for my routine annual blood work. Why not include a check for Covid antibodies? Why not have insurance cover this it would help in making a decision about getting a Covid booster shot.

I am going to call and ask my doctor if this is possible. Just a thought.

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gab13by13 Sep 7 OP
Throck Sep 7 #1
viva la Sep 7 #4
Goonch Sep 7 #2
FBaggins Sep 7 #3
Phoenix61 Sep 7 #5
LymphocyteLover Sep 7 #9
Phoenix61 Sep 7 #12
LymphocyteLover Sep 7 #17
Scrivener7 Sep 7 #6
gab13by13 Sep 7 #7
peacefreak2.0 Sep 7 #8
gab13by13 Sep 7 #13
kentuck Sep 7 #10
obamanut2012 Sep 7 #11
gab13by13 Sep 7 #14
gab13by13 Sep 7 #15
gab13by13 Sep 7 #16
LymphocyteLover Sep 7 #18

Response to gab13by13 (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 07:10 AM

1. What's the cost of the test outright?

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Response to Throck (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 07:30 AM

4. I had one bloodtest back in 2020

When it was hard to get a pcr test. It was $75.

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Response to gab13by13 (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 07:16 AM

2. ;-{)

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Response to gab13by13 (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 07:25 AM

3. That might very will be an option

But you should know that itís a more complex evaluation than just some number. There are people who never got vaccinated yet have high antibody counts due to a prior infectionÖ but the advice is still to get vaccinated. Similarly, not all forms of immunity necessarily show up well on that test (you care more about whether your immune system knows how to create antibodies, than about whether itís currently doing it)

There are experts who disagree about the booster at this time (two senior officials just resigned over it). I donít know who is right, but Iím pretty sure that an antibody test result isnít going to make me more equipped to judge.

Iím willing to participate in a policy debate, but Iím going to have to go with what my doctors say for my own personal care. Thatís what I pay them for.

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Response to gab13by13 (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 07:34 AM

5. They don't know what level indicates immunity.

Thatís one of the reasons there are questions about when to give boosters.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 08:31 AM

9. they do have an idea on the level and can also measure titers of neutralizing antibodies

but these are specialty tests used in research and not widely available for clinical use.

There are studies where they have shown the level of neutralizing antibody correlates well with immunity.

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Response to LymphocyteLover (Reply #9)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 08:41 AM

12. There isn't an accepted titer standard for covid.

Thatís why they are pushing boosters. Titer testing for chicken pox is available from Quest Labs which is a pretty standard lab.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #12)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 10:11 PM

17. Yes, not in a clinically meaningful way.

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Response to gab13by13 (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 07:37 AM

6. I had a checkup in February and they checked for antibodies. I didn't pay more than my

copay for the checkup.

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Response to gab13by13 (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 07:53 AM

7. Well this didn't help at all.

I take it that when to get a booster shot is just a guessing game then if it isn't based on antibodies.

Thanks for more confusion.

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Response to gab13by13 (Reply #7)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 08:15 AM

8. Why don't you give your provider a call.

They would have the answer youíre looking for. Weíre just a bunch of folks just trying to help you out.

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Response to peacefreak2.0 (Reply #8)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 08:58 AM

13. I just called,

and my doctor is off today but I did learn that an antibody test can be done in conjunction with my regular blood work. Doctor will get back to me tomorrow about my question.

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Response to gab13by13 (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 08:36 AM

10. Good question.

I was thinking something similar.

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Response to gab13by13 (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 08:40 AM

11. My doctor does now include it in annual bloodwork

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #11)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 09:00 AM

14. That's all I was getting at.

I will tell my doctor do include it with my regular blood work then. If it has no use in determining when to get a booster shot so be it, at least I will have that information.

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Response to gab13by13 (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 09:41 AM

15. Another question?

Why don't we have a person in charge of the FDA yet?

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Response to gab13by13 (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 12:53 PM

16. According to the Google machine,

antibody testing is covered by Medicare.

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