A serology blood test is performed to detect and measure the levels of antibodies as a result of exposure to a particular bacteria or virus.
When we are exposed to bacteria or viruses (antigens), the body’s immune system produces specific antibodies against the organism.
Antibody levels (antibody titer) help physicians to determine whether an infection occurred recently, or occurred years ago.
The Serology Lab performs testing for blood borne pathogens including HIV and Hepatitis B, analyzes blood specimens for diseases of public health significance, e.g. vaccine- preventable diseases, diseases transmitted from animals to humans and mosquito-borne diseases. The lab also participates in the investigation of disease outbreaks significant to public health and analyzes tissue specimens from animals suspected of exposing humans to rabies and plague.
8/2013 The CDPHE Lab is currently offering West Nile Virus serology testing at no cost. Testing will continue at no cost as long as funding remains available.
Specimen Submission Information:
Whole blood: Refrigerated specimens must be received within 24 hours from the time of collection.
Serum separated from clot: Refrigerated specimens must be received within 48 hours from the time of collection or frozen specimen must be received within 6 months from collection.
CSF: Refrigerated specimens must be received within 48 hours from the time of collection or frozen specimen must be received within 6 months from collection.
Please label specimen packaging with storage temperature in order for courier to maintain proper temperature.
For additional information, please contact:
Serology laboratory: 303-692-3485
Courier information and requisition requests: 303-692-3086
Tests Performed in the Serology Lab