How long does it take to get blood tests results?
Depending on the test performed, most tests are completed and reported to your ordering healthcare provider within about 24 hours of receiving the sample for testing. Certain tests take several days to weeks. Results are sent directly to the ordering healthcare professional.
Blood tests can also give your doctor an idea of how well your organs are functioning and if they've been affected by cancer. Examples of blood tests used to diagnose cancer include: Complete blood count (CBC). This common blood test measures the amount of various types of blood cells in a sample of your blood.
- The body gets rid of heroin rapidly, but it can be detected by drug testing in urine for 2-7 days. A saliva drug test for heroin can only detect heroin for up to 5 hours after it's taken. A blood drug test can detect it within 24 hours while urine tests work for 24-48 hours.
- Blood work pricing at a lab can range anywhere from $100 for one simple test, to $3,000 for several complex tests. On average, to get blood work done at a lab when the patient is uninsured will cost around $1,500.
- Even though these findings may suggest leukemia, the disease usually is not diagnosed without looking at a sample of bone marrow cells. Blood chemistry and coagulation tests: Blood chemistry tests measure the amounts of certain chemicals in the blood, but they are not used to diagnose leukemia.
To test for chlamydia and gonorrhea, for instance, all that is required is a urine sample. For other STDs– like herpes, hepatitis, HIV and syphilis, a small blood sample is all the STD testing center requires. Many doctors' offices will test for STDs by doing an invasive (and sometimes painful) swab– we do not!
- You must wait 12 months after treatment for syphilis or gonorrhea before you are eligible to donate blood. You may donate blood if you have chlamydia, venereal warts (human papilloma virus), or genital herpes and you are feeling healthy and well and meet all other eligibility requirements.
- Most doctors are willing to screen you for STDs if you ask them and explain why it is important to you. However, some doctors are really bad about screening. They may not think testing is important. They may not know that certain screening tests, like those for genital herpes, exist.
- Abnormal CBC results help to diagnose:
- Autoimmune conditions (diseases in which the body's immune system attacks the body)
- Bone marrow failure.
- Abnormal development of bone marrow.
Some rapid STD tests can give results within an hour. Other STD results make take up to 1-2 weeks to come in. This varies both by what test is used and what facilities your doctor's office has. Some doctors need to send out blood and urine samples to be tested.
- Common STD symptoms in women:
- No symptoms.
- Discharge (thick or thin, milky white, yellow, or green leakage from the vagina)
- Vaginal itching.
- Vaginal blisters or blisters in the genital area (the region covered by underwear)
- Vaginal rash or rash in the genital area.
- Burning urination.
- Painful urination.
- Pain during intercourse.
- It usually takes 2 to 3 days to get the results. Sometimes the tests done from the swabs are not cultures, but are genetic tests to look for gonorrhea or chlamydia. The newest test is done with a urine sample rather than swabs. It can check for gonorrhea and chlamydia.
- You can eat or drink anything you'd like beforehand there's no need to fast. The other STD tests do not require any special preparation. If you are currently taking antibiotics, our doctors recommend waiting 1 week before getting tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis.
Updated: 8th October 2018