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At Home Coronavirus Testing Kit

What is the Coronavirus testing kit?

A PCR test looks for the presence of the RNA of the virus itself. This means that it will pick up the presence of the actual virus in the nose and throat. It is very accurate and will be able to confirm whether anyone with symptoms is actively infected with the virus. It will also pick up whether the virus is present for people who have been exposed but are not showing any symptoms as yet. This is a more expensive test as it requires more technical expertise.
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It will also be able to confirm whether someone has the virus in their nose and throat for the 14 days or so before they show any symptoms. 

What is included in the Coronavirus testing kit?

  • Instruction leaflet
  • Test request form
  • Cover letter
  • Swab
  • Postage paid return UN 3373 biological substance envelope
  • 3-5 day results turnaround time

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Who is the Coronavirus testing kit for?

The testing kit is available for anyone who would like to check if they have coronavirus and have flu like symptoms, including:

  • Fever which means a high temperature and you feel hot when touched on your back or chest. You do not necessarily need to measure temperature with a thermometer) 
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).

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It is also useful for people who believe they may have been exposed to the virus but as yet do not show any symptoms, specifically:

  • Exposure or Potential exposure to someone who may have been diagnosed with the virus.
  • Exposure or potential exposure to someone who may have or have had active symptoms described above.
  • Anyone who would like to know their status for the presence of Coronavirus at this time right now.

If a patient wants to know if their symptoms are being caused by covid-19, or whether they have been exposed to it from contacts and have the virus lurking in their nose and throat; and whether they need to self-isolate for the full 14 days and contact all their contacts – then it is the PCR test which they should have.

Who is the Coronavirus testing kit not for?

Anyone who has already had the test and was tested positive for Coronavirus.

This test is for recent exposure only or if you have active symptoms, if you believe you had the virus 3 months ago this test will not work.

How accurate is the Coronavirus testing kit?

This test is highly accurate and uses a testing method known as genesig® Real-Time PCR assay testing.

Why are we offering this Coronavirus PCR test kit?

There is a lot of confusion and difficulty in obtaining the PCR coronavirus test from the NHS who are overwhelmed at the moment. 

As a healthcare service offering blood and saliva tests for hormones and health biomarkers, in addition to supporting men and women in improving their  health, wellness, and hormone balance, many of our patients had asked if we had private at home coronavirus testing options available. We are now able to offer this test as a way to alleviate the stress of not knowing your Coronavirus status. By offering this test privately we are helping to relieve pressure from the NHS and public health sector. Many of our patients prefer to take an active role in their health and well being and this test allows you to take control. We want to facilitate and support our patients and members of the public during this time by offering at home testing for the coronavirus with PCR testing. 

How fast will I receive my Coronavirus testing kit?

Kits will be sent within 1 day of receiving order during the work week. Kits are sent through Royal Mail first class. At the moment deliveries from first class are taking longer than normal. 

There are no refunds on coronavirus test kits.

How do I intepret the Coronavirus test kit results?

The results are only a snapshot in time and if you are exposed to coronavirus after you take the test then this would not appear in your test results. 

What if I get negative test results?

If your results come back as negative you should still practice social distancing and take the result with cautious optimism. You may still be at risk of infection and any exposure to the virus after you completed the test would not appear on the result.

Your test may also come back negative because you didn’t swab all the areas in your mouth or nose correctly.  The test will only detect the areas of the throat or nose. Be sure to swab your throat first and then your nose. Instructions are included in each kit. 

There is no guarantee on these tests if at the time of processing the swab didn’t come into contact with the virus on it. 

What if I get positive test results?

Our patient support team will support you and help direct and signpost you if  your COVID-19 test is positive. It is recommended that you  should self-isolate in order  to avoid infecting others. It is not recommended to attend GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital without contacting 111 and speaking the NHS advice hotline. The NHS has advice on COVID-19 that will help you decide what steps to take.

Can Coronavirus lower a mans testosterone levels?

Early data from a new study of 81 men aged 20 to 54 who tested positive for coronavirus and were hospitalised in January 2020, indicated potential damage to the testes. The researchers measured both testosterone and luteinizing hormone and calculated the ratio, this is called the T/Lh ratio.

Men are more likely to suffer from coronavirus and a greater percentage of men have contracted the virus compared to women. Could this be the result of the virus attacking the testes similar to the way the mumps virus does? Researchers in China think so. The study was published on the preprint research platform medRxiv.org, the researchers – from Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University and the Hubei Clinical Research Centre for Prenatal Diagnosis and Birth Health, analysed blood samples. Blood samples from Covid-19 patients in this  small-scale study indicate what could be a testicle malfunction. A low T/LH ratio can be a sign of primary hypogonadism, which in men is a malfunction of the testicles that could lead to lower sex hormone production.

The normal ratio for non Covid-19 patients was closer to 1.48. The T/LH ratio for Covid-19 patients was 0.74.  The blood samples were collected during the male patients’ last day in hospital so they had recovered enough to be discharged. What is not known as it is too soon to know if the damage is lasting or if the testosterone levels are transient and will recover with enough time.