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Covid - 19 Testing


 

 

FIND OUT IF YOU CURRENTLY HAVE COVID-19
OR
BEEN PREVIOUSLY EXPOSED TO COVID-19


We understand that even though we are a men's clinic, COVID-19 testing is open for both men and women, ages 6 months and older will be seen. With over 50 years of clinical experience, we have decided to step up in the fight, to protect not only our patients but all of those in society, against this Covid-19 pandemic – and toward peace of mind. There are too many people who are unable to get testing for Covid-19. That's why we opened our doors.

 

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**COVID-19 Update** At Optimal Men’s Center, the health, safety, and vitality of our patients and staff is our top priority.

 

DO I HAVE COVID-19?
DOES SOMEONE I KNOW HAVE COVID-19?

WHAT WILL YOU RISK?
YOUR HEALTH?
YOUR FAMILY?
YOUR COWORKERS?​

GET TESTED TODAY!
**NO INSURANCE. NO PROBLEM.
DO YOUR PART – GET TESTED



At Optimal Men’s Center, we WILL protect our community.

ALL INDIVIDUALS ages 6 months and older will be seen.

MOST GET IN THE SAME DAY!

CALL US NOW AT 602-OPTIMAL
Weekdays 8:30 am - 5 pm or schedule online anytime
FIND OUT. DO YOU HAVE COVID-19 NOW? DID YOU HAVE IT IN THE PAST?

 

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We accept these and several more insurance policies.

         

 

      

COVID-19 Standard Swab Testing


 We test all new patients with or without insurance.

 COVID-19 Standard Swab Testing is a test to see if a patient currently has the Covid-19 Virus.

 Rapid Testing Available (results in 15 minutes or less).

 You can schedule yourself and loved ones at the same time.

 The test is performed in your vehicle with a nasal swab (not the painful one).

 *ALL Covid-19 Testing includes a visit with a medical provider.

 Schedule online now and a member of our team will call you as soon as possible to book your appointment.

 Same-day appointnents (depending on requested time).

 ALL state IDs are welcome.

 Book the day and time of your visit that's best for you.

 Approved travel PCR test.

 No more waiting in long car lines.

 Coronavirus testing is open to all ages 6 months and older will be seen. Regardless of symptoms, travel history, or exposure.

 Non-US citizens welcomed.

 Testing is open to all, you do NOT have to be a current patient.

 Test results in 1-3 days!

*Our partnered lab Sonora Quest states testing turnaround time may vary based on testing demand, supplies, and other factors. The processing time is 1 to 2 days. Our other partnered lab LabCorp's processing time is 2-4 days.

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*UPDATE: You will tested in your vehicle. Please call our office once you arrive 602-OPTIMAL.

 
 
 
 

How Does It Work?


 

1) Schedule Online or Call Our Office

2) Once you book your appointment online, a member of our staff will call you and send you a text message of a link for you to complete your medical forms.

3) Come to our clinic to get tested during business hours that are convenient for you.

4) Call our office once arrived in the parking lot.

5) We will call or text you to come to the front entrance door once a medical provider is ready for you.

6) We will need a copy of your insurance card. If uninsured, we will need a copy of your state ID or social security number.

7) If you booked a prior telemedicine appointment, the medical provider will swab you in your vehicle.

8) Receive your results in 1-3 days!

9) To see your results, CLICK HERE to access the patient portal. You will need to sign up to access your portal HERE.

10) If your Covid-19 result is positive you will be scheduled for a consultation with a medical provider to discuss results and follow up care.

 

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FAQs for Standard Covid-19 Swab Testing

 
How much does the standard COVID-19 Nasal Swab Test cost?

Patients with insurance may be subject to their cost-sharing responsibility determined by their insurance plan. Those individuals without any insurance, there is NO COST to the individual (As long as they have a copy of any state ID, passport, or Social Security number). This is currently being paid by a federal government program. PLEASE NOTE: insurance companies may change their benefit coverage is related to COVID visits and testing. These changes to the coverage will affect the patients responsibility. For those individuals that have insurance that no longer covers COVID-19 visits and/or testing, we have a cash price option. The cost is $150 for the associated office visit with a clinician along with a nasal swab (acute illness) or $150 for antibody testing (past infection).

Cash prices for insurances we do not except. Test prices (includes evaluation with medical provider).

  • Standard PCR Nasal Swab COVID-19 Test (more accurate than rapid test) $150
  • COVID-19 Rapid Testing (results in 15 minutes or less) $80
  • COVID-19 Antibody Test $150
  • Healthcare workers, teachers, first responders, firefighters, and police officers are discounted by $50 if they provide a badge/license on-site or email a copy to our office.
Can I get the Standard COVID-19 Swab Test AND the Antibody Test done simultaneously?

Currently, at this time insurance companies have been unclear about whether they will reimburse for both visits (Nasal swab and antibody blood test) on the same date. Because of this, we have elected to make sure that those are separated dates of service. We understand this is frustrating but we don’t want a patient to receive a bill that is extensive.

How much will testing cost if I don't have insurance?

The cost of the test will cost you $0.00. There is a government initiative that will cover the cost of COVID-19 testing and screening.

Due to the government initiative, also known as the CARES Act, ALL testing for the Coronavirus is FREE with required documentation with a state ID or social security number. This is for uninsured patients ONLY.

If I have insurance, will you bill my insurance?

Yes, your insurance company will be billed for the cost of your COVID-19 testing and screening.

Will I ever be charged for testing?

Some plans are continuing to waive co-pays and deductibles for their members while others are phasing out this coverage and some prayers have already stopped this benefit as of 2/3/2021.

*You may be subject to a co-pay, coinsurance, and/or deductible depending on your policy. Be sure to communicate with your current insurance provider to get the most up-to-date information on patient responsibility.

*Our team will be happy to assist you to gather this information. However, the patient will be Responsible for payment that their insurance does not cover, once submitted to the insurance company.

Do you test women too?

Absolutely, even though we are a men’s clinic. COVID-19 is open for both men and women and ages 2 and up.

The medical providers at Optimal Men’s Center usually just see men. But, with over 50 years of clinical experience, we have decided to step up in the fight, to protect not only our patients but all of those in society, against this Covid-19 pandemic – and toward peace of mind.

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COVID-19 Antibody Testing
Did you have the COVID-19 virus in the past?


Have you already had the Coronavirus?
Maybe you became ill recently and you're wondering if it was the Coronavirus?
OR
You're just wondering if you have caught the virus and never have any symptoms?
There is research still being implemented about whether or not having COVID-19 antibodies makes you immune from getting COVD-19 again.

What is COVID-19 Antibody Testing?


Antibody tests check your blood by looking for antibodies, which may tell you if you had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections and can provide protection against getting that disease again (immunity). Antibodies are disease-specific. The Covid-19 Antibody test is a simple blood test and can be drawn at Optimal Men’s Center or we can send an order to LabCorp or Sonora Quest.

How does the COVID-19 Antibody Testing work?


To determine if this test is appropriate for you, you must first be seen by one of the Optimal Men's Center board-certified medical providers. During that visit, you and your medical provider will discuss your medical history as well as any symptoms that you may or may not have. If after your appointment, it has been determined that you would be a good candidate and benefit from having this test, an order will be written.

 

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FAQs Covid-19 Antibody Testing

What is a Coronavirus Antibody test?

First off, let’s briefly make sure everyone knows the difference between an Antibody test and antigen test. It is important that you, as the patient, understand why we do one test over the other and how we can help our patients live a safer life.

ANTIGEN TEST (NASAL SWAB)

The antigen test, which is an RNA molecular diagnostic test done by a nasal swab, can tell us if you are likely infected with a current (or recent) infection of Covid-19.

So, if you are symptomatic (have symptoms) get tested for the virus. If you are asymptomatic (you have no symptoms) BUT you believe that you might have been exposed to Covid-19, it would be a good decision to be tested for the antigen (nasal swab).

When it comes to the Covid-19 virus, guessing is just not worth it. Not sure. Get a peace of mind and get tested.

At Optimal Men’s Center, we understand that people need this test for various reasons. We can perform the Covid-19 nasal swab test on any individual that believes they are infected by the Coronavirus or were exposed to it. In addition, we can do the Nasal Swab testing for individuals who need it for 1) Unsure if they are positive , 2) Dormitory residence, 3) Surgery, 4) Return to work, 5) Return to school, 6) Travel, others…etc.

SAFETY FIRST

It is vitally important for our patients to know that we want to protect them before they come to the office as well as when once inside (our office). We have separated Optimal Men’s Center into two sections. The patients who are potentially ill, or currently ill, are seen on one side of the clinic, completely isolated from those patients that are healthy (such as those that need Antibody testing, etc).

ANTIBODY TEST (BLOOD SAMPLE)

The Antibody test (aka SARS-Cov-2 AB) checks for presence of Antibodies to coronavirus in the blood. Antibodies are produced by your immune system approximately 7 to 10 days after onset of the infection and the Antibodies will help protect you during the initial infection and later on if you get exposed to the virus again.

Because most patients do not know the EXACT time you get exposed (and the virus gets inside of your body) we tell patients to get the Antibody test about 14 days after when you think you were exposed. If you get the test too early, the Antibodies are not at a sufficient amount (high enough to be detected in the blood) and will be incorrect.

At this time, it appears that the Coronavirus Antibodies may assist in protecting you for 3 – 6 months or even longer from another Covid-19 attack.

Which antibodies will be tested?

To help with protecting the public as we learned more about Covid-19, we were involved with data collection and sharing of data with other medical clinics to determine the best testing process for patients. In the phase 1 (11 day prevalence study), LabCorp’s ELISA assay was used for three SARS-COV-2 Antibody bands: IgG, IgM and IgA.

BELOW ARE ESTIMATES ONLY (as we are learning more about Covid-19 every day)

IgG turns positive around 7-20 days after exposure and may persist for at least 3 months (and perhaps 6 months or even longer).

IgM can turn positive around 7 and up 20 days after infection onset. It peaks around 80 days and fades away in 5 to 6 months.

IgA from limited data available we assume it should follow the same course as IgM.

Upon reviewing phase 1 testing results (4/28/20, read below for more details) we concluded that IgM and IgA assays produce too many false positives and false negatives.

Therefore, the best choice is ordering only IgG (total Antibody assays).

We will continue to use LabCorp for testing IgG levels. Currently, what we believe is the most accurate on the market is from Abbott Labs (used by LabCorp) and also EUROIMMUN (used by Sonora Quest).

How does the test work?

The test is a normal blood test to see whether IgG Antibodies are present. It is sanctioned by the FDA Policy for Diagnostic Tests for Coronavirus Disease-2019 and will be carried out using either Abbott equipment or EUROIMMUN. Typically the test turns positive 14 days after symptoms start because it needs sufficient Antibodies for accuracy.

Can I get the Standard COVID-19 Swab Test AND the Antibody Test done simultaneously?

Currently, at this time insurance companies have been unclear about whether they will reimburse for both visits (Nasal swab and antibody blood test) on the same date. Because of this, we have elected to make sure that those are separated dates of service. We understand this is frustrating but we don’t want a patient to receive a bill that is extensive.

How is the Covid-19 antibody test done?

Prior to your blood draw you need a consultation with one of our clinicians.

We must verify that you are 7 days asymptomatic at the time of the blood draw. Otherwise, the results are useless. See exclusion to this in the section further called “Who Can Get Covid-19 Antibody Test?” for additional information.

The clinician will also document the timing and nature of your past symptoms (if any).

Last, but not least, the provider will counsel you on limitations of the test and interpretation of results.

WANT TO SAVE TIME?

If you request to be seen via Telemedicine with one of our Optimal Men’s Center providers, we will usually be able to schedule that sooner.

Then your clinician can order the test.

When it is most convenient for you to come into the office at Optimal Men’s Center, schedule the appointment for a nurse visit (for Covid Antibody testing). We can generally get your blood test done the same day or within 24 hours after your Telemedicine visit! You also have the option, once ordered by the clinician, to go directly to Sonora Quest or LabCorp for testing.

How do I get my coronavirus blood test?

The Covid-19 blood Antibody test (serology) is best suited for individuals who were previously ill, but now symptom-free (asymptomatic) for at least 10 days (*see above: excludes loss of smell/taste).

In addition, according to published reports, there are many individuals who have been completely symptom-free throughout their exposure to Covid-19. And, even if they did have mild symptoms, they likely recovered without any issues.

So, if they did not get tested with a Nasal Swab (to prove absolute for certain they had Covid-19), the BEST thing to do is get tested for Antibodies. This test will almost certainly say “YOU WERE EXPOSED!”

Therefore, the best choice now is to stop guessing.

HELP YOURSELF!

Get a visit at Optimal Men’s Center and talk to us via a Telemedicine Visit, so we can determine if you are a candidate for the Covid-19 Antibody testing and GET IT DONE!

Of course, we can see you in the office, but due to regulations regarding excessive numbers of individuals in any location, we have to stagger how many patients are in our facility at any time. This is meant to protect everyone. In addition, if you would like an in-person consultation with one of Optimal Men’s Center’s clinicians’, we can perform this service, including testing for Covid-19 Antibodies.

Our clinician will be documenting the timing of suspected symptoms and exposure along with determining your recovery date. More importantly we provide exceptional counselling to patients on interpretation of the upcoming results.

The blood test is checking for presence of the SARS-CoV-2 Antibody, IgG in the blood for recent infection.

As early adopters, Optimal Men’s Center will help our patients in interpreting the results.

Who Can Get Covid-19 Antibody Test?

If you believe you were previously infected or had a positive Covid-19 Nasal Swab, you can get an Antibody Test.

Some individuals are unsure if they can be tested. There are many questions but the most common is regarding certain continuing symptoms and whether they can still be tested. For example, some people who were ill and still had a few symptoms hanging on will contact us as they are unsure whether or not they qualify for a test. We want to explain…

If it has been 14 days SINCE your INITIAL SYMPTOMS STARTED.

AND

You have any of the following symptoms 14 days or later: loss of smell/taste; some nasal congestion or cough (but those are improving) YOU CAN HAVE THE TEST.

→ [Why are these symptoms allowed and you still get Antibody testing?]

Well, it’s all about the timing. If you have symptoms, it’s been 14 days, and you are starting to improve…hey, you are on the mend. So you are allowed to have Antibody testing. I mean, maybe you didn’t get Covid-19 and it was something else, right?

If you are unsure, contact us, we can schedule an appointment, and we will determine if getting an Antibody Test is appropriate for you.

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Remember, Optimal Men’s Center is offering the Antibody test to those individuals who fit certain criteria (listed above). Such as, having no symptoms, or it has been 14 days since exposure and the symptoms are improving or mostly resolved. They are on the mend so those people would be getting an Antibody test.

Also, if you are already in our office for completely different reasons, we can offer you to get this Antibody Test done on-the-spot.

SICK VISITS

We see patients who are actively sick and need a Covid-19 Nasal Swab (Antigen Test). We went a step further. Because many primary care offices are unable to see patients who are ill, whether it is from a Covid-19 related illness or some other reason, we do make a number of appointments available for sick visits. Therefore, if necessary, we will do what we can to keep individuals out of the Emergency Room.

Should I get the COVID-19 antibody test?

You are eligible for COVID-19 Antibody testing if you have experienced COVID-19 symptoms more than 14 days ago. The test will assess if you have been exposed to COVID-19 and may imply immunity.

How much does a COVID-19 antibody test appointment cost?

Patients with insurance may be subject to their cost-sharing responsibility determined by their insurance plan. Those individuals without any insurance, there is NO COST to the individual (As long as they have a copy of any state ID, passport, or Social Security number). This is currently being paid by a federal government program. PLEASE NOTE: insurance companies may change their benefit coverage is related to COVID visits and testing. These changes to the coverage will affect the patients responsibility. For those individuals that have insurance that no longer covers COVID-19 visits and/or testing, we have a cash price option. The cost is $150 for the associated office visit with a clinician along with a nasal swab (acute illness) or $150 for antibody testing (past infection).

Cash prices for insurances we do not except. Test prices (includes evaluation with medical provider).

  • Standard PCR Nasal Swab COVID-19 Test (more accurate than rapid test) $150
  • COVID-19 Rapid Testing (results in 15 minutes or less) $80
  • COVID-19 Antibody Test $150
  • Healthcare workers, teachers, first responders, firefighters, and police officers are discounted by $50 if they provide a badge/license on-site or email a copy to our office.
What do I need to do before getting tested?

Book an Optimal Men’s Center virtual appointment or call the office. Our clinician will determine the best course of action. Either get the Antibody Test done now, or maybe wait a few days (so you have developed a high enough number of Antibodies and get the Antibody test done then. We can either complete the testing at Optimal Men’s Center or we can have you complete the lab work at Sonora Quest or LabCorp.

How long do results take?

Expected turnaround time today is 1-3 business days. Please realize that your insurance company may require a lab that has a longer processing time (this is out of our control).

HOW TO GET THE RESULTS THE FASTEST!

At Optimal Men’s Center, we will post your lab results onto our patient portal for you to access and print from your location. We can assist you through the registration process during your visit to verify your successful access. On this portal you can also message your clinical team with any follow up questions or to book future appointments. A patient portal is a secure online website that gives patients convenient, 24-hour access to personal health information from anywhere with an Internet connection. Using a secure username and password, patients can view health information such as: LAB RESULTS, recent doctor visits, discharge summaries, etc.

More FAQs Covid-19 Antibody Testing

Is it FDA approved?

The answer is no. When Covid-19 hit we had to find ways to help protect people quickly. So, the tests that we use at Optimal Men’s Center are accurate. We have looked at the data and selected those tests that provide the best chance to safeguard our patients.

There are currently NO “FDA approved” SAR-Cov2 Antibody tests available. However, the tests that we send to the lab for analysis are very accurate.

Currently, you can have testing done with immediate results. These are called Point-of-Care (P-O-C) tests, and there are many different ones available to choose from. However, most do not have any sort of verification analysis. In our opinion, those offices that charge ridiculous prices for these tests are doing a disservice to patients. A total waste of money. In other words, as a clinician, I would not do one of the P-O-C Tests and see a relative that has medical problems. We could make a considerable amount of money performing these tests but no amount of money is worth that risk!

We will explain more about what a P-O-C test is. It is a test where results are rather immediate – that is at the time and place of patient care. Extremely inaccurate as shown below.

Several assays have “Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)” which is not the same as “FDA Approved.”

These FDA EUA tests vary in their performance characteristics widely. Please refer to the diagrams and charts further below for more info.

As of this time, even though it takes a couple days for the results, we have much more trust in sending those labs to LabCorp and Sonora Quest. They are the optimal choice for antibody testing. It is NOT a P-O-C test. The bloodwork is obtained, it is analyzed in a laboratory, and results are provided a few days later. Currently, P-O-C tests have many bugs that need to be worked out and we would not risk our life, let alone others on them.

What if my COVID-19 antibody test result is negative?

A negative test means the body hasn’t detected Antibodies. Most likely you were never infected.

There are some other possibilities.

It could be that you had the Covid-19 virus BUT did not wait long enough to do the Antibody Test. Your body is building an army (Antibodies) to help it remember you were exposed. This takes time, and once there are sufficient Antibodies present for the test to be accurate (usually 14 or more days).

Think of it like a pregnancy test. You might be pregnant but your body is not aware for a week or so after the egg is fertilized. So, when you do a urine test too early, looking for something called hCG, there might not be enough to show that you are pregnant. But if you give it a few more days, Boom!, the test is positive!.

We are not sure why, but there are some individuals with a compromised immune system that may not every make Antibodies, such as those with organ transplants, those on chemo, etc.

What if my COVID-19 antibody test result is positive?

A positive result indicates you have had the virus in the past, at least two weeks prior and have immunity to the virus. We think you’re probably immune to the virus, but we definitely don’t know this as we are still analyzing more data. We also don’t know how long your body has immunity against the virus.

Does positive antibody test mean lifelong immunity?

The answer is NO!

Not yet, anyway. We wish getting exposed to Covid-19 once meant you had the lifelong immunity but for now we cannot really state that as fact.

Patients have said to us (even other medical providers have too, mistakenly) that they want to do the Antibody test (and for it to be positive) so they do not have to wear a mask any more and go do whatever they want out in public. We wish it would be that simple. But the Antibody test is extremely beneficial if used correctly.

We will never make a false impression that someone is always going to be immune to covid-19 if they test Positive for Antibodies (IgG Covid-19 Antibody +). A better way to say it is that you are PREPARED if there is another attack of Covid-19. So, the Antibodies help protect you if you are assaulted again. It is like having one soldier that recognizes the virus and then that soldier is cloned and builds an army of soldiers. So that army gives your immune system a fighting chance (you are prepared) if you get re-exposed to Covid-19.

Those providers that tell patients that they are immune, are not really telling the whole story and may be setting those patients up for a dangerous situation. Because someone “told” them they are immune, it may alter their behavior and expose them to the Covid-19 recurrence. Like we stated earlier, we know almost everyone builds the army (Antibodies) so if you are re-exposed to Covid-19, your body remembers this as a bad guy, fights it and destroys it. We just do not know how long. Those patients that were mistakenly told they are immune will think this is forever and may result in severe illness or even death.

We, in the medical community, are truly hoping that you cannot get Covid-19 twice. But without those patients willing to help us to find more answers, by doing the Antibody Testing, it will take us longer and longer to get those answers that WE ALL WANT.

Let’s briefly talk about false positives. Why can someone be falsely positive? This is extremely rare (almost impossible), but the lab may have mixed up the samples or there may have been a mislabeled specimen. There is also a situation where there could be a cross-reactivity with another non-SARS-CoV2 coronavirus Antibody. At this time, there are 7 different Coronavirus types that affect humans, four only cause mild cold or flu-like symptoms. Three other coronaviruses may pose more serious risks. We are hoping to find more answers to our questions to protect the public and understand this class of viruses.

The Devil In The Details: Covid-19 IgG Antibody Testing:

The next few sections are really detailed and more for those that want the nitty gritty.

In an ideal world we WOULD LOVE to have a test that is never wrong.

Let’s take a crash course on different test specs and later examine what implications these have on covid-19 pandemic:

Sensitivity

Sensitivity is the ability of the test to find the cases in the community.

Simplified & COVIDified: If tests are given to 100 people who had been infected with the virus – how many would come back positive?

Specificity

Specificity is the ability of the test to find the controls.

Simplified & COVIDified: If tests are given to 100 people who never got the virus – how many will come back negative?

Positive Predictive Value (PPV)

Simplified & Covidified: If I tested positive – what are the chances that I had the virus (vs. a lab error)? [this is where P-O-C testing is rather poor vs laboratory analysis]

Negative Predictive Value (NPV)

Simplified & Covidified: If I tested negative – what are the chances that I truly did not have the virus (vs. test failed to detect it)?

Herd immunity to COVID-19

Herd immunity is how a society collectively fights off infections to keep the transmission of disease low. We need population level Antibody information (AKA seroprevalence) in order to predict just when herd immunity may develop. Generally speaking, if 60% of the population is immune to the virus, this will act as a human firewall. This will result in slowing or actually stopping the virus from effectively spreading to the remaining 40% of the population that is still susceptible. The actual numbers will of course depend on how virulent this virus, which seems a mystery at times.

Individual immunity to COVID-19

Once more data on the accuracy of the Antibody tests is obtained, the blood tests can actually be used to identify individuals who have developed immunity to COVID-19. Those individuals will be able to go about their lives as usual and may become a key facilitator for getting us all back to a normal life.

This is why it is so important for patients to get the Antibody Testing so we can hopefully start to see who was exposed and how we are doing as a society. This can result in life being more routine again…

COMPARATIVE REVIEW OF COVID-19 ANTIBODY TESTS:

The FDA’s first Emergency Use Authorizations (FDA EUA) was granted on 4/1/2020 to a 15 minute, P-O-C test from Cellex.

We have pooled our data with other offices around the country, and as of 5/5/2020, we had looked at a total of three FDA EUA P-O-C tests, all three lacking specificity, effectively rendering themselves useless for most of USA where prevalence is thought to be low (<10%).

The table below explains why our patients (and actually any patient) should refrain from any 15 minute P-O-C Antibody tests. It also helps explain why Optimal Men’s Center is using only laboratory assays from certain manufacturers.

We understand the data can be confusing. The take home message from this analysis is that even though no test has 100% accuracy, the table below, gives us some perspective that the chances are rather high or low when it comes to a person’s previous exposure to Covid-19.

For P-O-C tests, Cellex, Chembio and AutoBio all have obvious flaws. If you took one of these tests and it showed you it was Positive, now you think, “hey, I am going to see grandma next week.” But, it was wrong, and you caught Covid-19 (so you had NO protection/NO immunity), and then you showed no symptoms. You go visit grandma…hopefully, she does ok. We would not trust our life, our families lives’, or patients’ if we had better choices for testing.

So, the 3 most accurate tests that we use are all sent to a lab. As of this writing, first, by a wide margin, is ABBOTT Labs (used by LabCorp), followed by Roche. EUROIMMUN is the most common one used by Sonora Quest, for which we have control of who they use, but we would prefer Roche. But, they are not available in our area.

Figure #1: Practical Value Of All FDA EUA P-O-C Antibody tests in different US regions.

Why did we use 3 different prevalence scenarios:

  • 1% prevalence- Assuming that this is at least most of the country today that has previous exposure. It is most likely higher.

  • 10% prevalence – Hotspots & clinical settings [patients that go to hospitals or have large numbers in a small area (think meat-packing plants, etc.)]

  • 33% prevalence – NYC for most of 2020:

[Note: TESTING FOR COVID-19 CURRENT INFECTION – We recently reviewed ScienceCell SARS-COV-2 test for current infection with Covid-19. It initially appeared to have some accuracy but now we are unable to evaluate its effectiveness. On April 23, 2020, the price was $250, but on May 12, 2020 shows the price of $480 on their website.

See https://www.sciencellonline.com/sars-cov-2-rt-qpcr-detection-kit.html for details.

Primerdesign Ltd. COVID-19 genesig Assay currently has a list price of $1507. Definitely some price gouging going on but this one is another possible test to verify if you currently are infected and is P-O-C. QuestDiagnostics SARS Coronavirus With CoV-2 RNA Test is a NasoPharyngeal Swab for current infection and priced at $250.

Good news on the Antibody front as Quest recently developed an IGG Antibody Test but as of this time, we have not received a firm price. Preliminary pricing appears to be $200-$250. Once again, unable to evaluate effectiveness as of yet.]

Figure #2: Details of NPV PPV calculations for latest 15minute Point-Of-Care tests authorized by FDA.

Figure #3: Details of NPV PPV calculations for Laboratory-Assays (1-3 days turn-around-time) authorized by FDA and used by Optimal Men’s Center in phase 2 testing.

Did You Notice?

Positive Predictive Value for the same exact test varies from virtually useless/dangerous to extremely helpful, depending on how many people have had the virus in the population being tested (Prevalence).

In many cases, because of false positives, we will not be able to tell whether a particular individual has recovered from covid19 and has developed antibodies / immunity or not. Yet we certainly will be able to see what percentage of people in our general population have fought Covid-19 and built antibodies to it (prevalence).

This is why Optimal Men’s Center has associated itself with other clinics in the USA in collection of data. We are pooling our information with others to provide the country our data about prevalence of the Covid-19 virus!

4/28/2020: TESTING PHASE 1 (PREVALENCE STUDY) DATA SHARING COMPLETE!

Thus, we were able to demonstrate that scenario #2 of our tables above (~10% prevalence) are the most realistic NPV / PPV calculations at this time.

Prevalence of COVID-19

This antibody blood test is currently our best choice and it will help to estimating the actual prevalence of COVID-19 in the general US population. By testing the presence of the antibodies, we will then begin to have a better understanding of approximately what percentage of the population has already been infected with SARS-Cov2 and has recovered. This information is vital to our public. It will present us with a better prediction of herd immunity development, as well as validation and interpretation of future serological tests.

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So... Which Covid-19 Test Should I Get?


COVID-19 Standard Swab Test
VS.
COVID-19 Antibody Test

 

COVID-19 Standard Swab Testing


A swab test is to diagnose COVID-19. It determines if you currently have the disease. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and currently feeling sick, this is the appropriate test for you.

 

COVID-19 Antibody Testing


Antibody testing identifies whether you once had the COVID-19 virus in the past and now have antibodies against the virus.
This test is NOT for patients who are currently feeling sick with COVID-19 symptoms.
This is not a swab test, this is a blood test.

 

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Optimal Men's Center
700 N Estrella Pkwy, #145
Goodyear, AZ 85338
Phone: 602-551-8650
Fax: 855-845-9287
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