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Varicella Zoster - Chickenpox Immunity Blood Test

Original price £120.00 - Original price £120.00
Original price
£120.00 - £120.00
Current price £120.00

This test measures the presence of antibodies specific to the varicella-zoster virus, indicating whether a person has been exposed to the virus or vaccinated against it.

  • Biomarkers: 1
  • Turnaround: 5 days

Simple and accurate blood test from a laboratory you can speak to.

Step 1. Choose sample collection option

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  • Add same or next day appointment during checkout.
  • Rapid results - no waiting for the kit, no finger pricking, no posting the sample back.
  • Blood collection from your arm by our professional nurses.
  • Single appointment covers all your tests on the day.
  • Clinics in London, Brighton/Hove, Croydon, Guildford, Reigate, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Crawley.

Clinic too far? Get a home kit by selecting "HOME KIT" as sample option, it's the same test.

About the test

Varicella Zoster, also referred to as the virus responsible for chickenpox and shingles, is a type of herpes virus. In its abbreviated form it is referred to as VZV, this is how it appears on a lot of request forms.

The Varicella Zoster virus (sometimes just caused VZV) is the virus that is responsible for chicken pox and shingles. The majority of people in the UK will be infected with VZV at some point in childhood and this will confer immunity to them. The virus can then lay dormant in the body’s nervous system and may reactivate later in life as the painful, blistering rash known as shingles.

When someone is initially infected with VZV, the body mounts an immune response which includes the production of the immunoglobulin IgM. A few weeks later, the body produces the immunoglobulin IgG which persists in the blood as part of the immune system’s ‘memory’ of the virus, whilst IgM levels fall.

A positive IgG and a negative IgM therefore demonstrates previous infection (or vaccination) and the presence of immunity.

1 Biomarker

  1. Varicella Zoster, Chicken Pox

    - Varicella Zoster IgG (Immunity and past infection)
    - The turnaround time for this test is around 5 working days

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