All donations will be screened for COVID-19 antibodies

SunCoast Blood Centers now offers COVID-19 antibody test

As a thank you to blood donors, SunCoast Blood Centers will now test all blood donors for the antibodies to COVID-19. Antibodies are produced when a person has been infected, therefore, a positive result from this test would indicates that the donor was previously exposed to the virus.
This test will be offered through October 31st, 2020.
The test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for detecting the presence of antibodies against SARS-Co V-2 and is not intended to diagnose or treat COVID-19. Donors should be healthy at the time of donation and must meet all donor criteria.
Donors who have the COVID-19 antibodies will be contacted within 7 business days and will be encouraged to set up a future convalescent plasma donation. If you are not contacted within 7 business days, you do not possess the antibodies to the COVID-19 virus.
Why will my blood donation be tested?
Testing of your blood donation will help find out if you have antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19.
What does it mean if I have a positive test result?
If you have a positive test result, it is very likely that you previously had been exposed to the virus causing COVID-19 and that you have developed an antibody response to the virus. There is also the small possibility that the test can give a positive result that is wrong (a false positive result).
What does it mean if I have a negative test result?
A negative test result means that antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 were not found in your sample. However, it is possible for this test to give a negative result that is incorrect (false negative) in some people.

For information about testing call 941-413-1011

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