Giardia Antigen-BioHealth Kit
Note: This is a home collection test kit that will be mailed to you.
Fasting Required: No
Sample Collection: For 5 days prior to and during sample collection: Do not take mineral oils, non-absorbable anti-diarrheal preparations, busmuth, antacids, castor oil or liquid petrolatum. If you are taking any antibiotic, anti-parasitic, anti-malarial or anti-fungal medication, you must stop and wait 2 weeks before taking this test. If you have recently undergone any radiological exam involving barium sulfate you must wait at least 2 weeks before taking this test. Do not use bulk laxatives or enemas to assist bowel movements during the period in which you are collecting your samples. OTC glycerin rectal suppositories may be used.
Results: 10-14 Business Days
Description Giardiasis is the most frequently diagnosed intestinal parasitic disease in the United States and among travelers with chronic diarrhea. Signs and symptoms may vary and can last for 1 to 2 weeks or longer. In some cases, people infected with Giardia have no symptoms. This parasite rapidly destroys the mucosal barrier of the small intestine, causing a multitude of health problems and leading to seriously threatening diseases in individuals with weak immune systems.
Note: Result turnaround times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.