What is an antibody test and where can I get one?

DC now offering free antibody testing in Navy Yard

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Ben Pugh

June 17, 2020

What is an antibody test and where can I get one?


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DC testing has been rapdily expanding the past few weeks. This weeks' latest additions include the first public antibody testing site in Navy Yard.

What is an antibody test?

An "antibody" is a type of test that checks whether or not you have ever had COVID-19 (and not just currently sick). According to the CDC:

Antibody tests check your blood by looking for antibodies, which can show if you had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections and usually provide protection against getting that disease again (immunity). Antibodies are disease specific. For example, measles antibody will protect a person who is exposed again to measles but will have no effect if the person is exposed to mumps.

While antibody test provides a tool to those who are not currently feeling sick, if you are feeling sick, you should get a standard covid19 test at any of the local testing sites.

Where can I get one?

DC is offering free public antibody testing starting this week:

  • DC Health Serology Testing Site
  • Monday - Friday, 9am to 3pm
  • 200 L Street SE, Washington DC, 20001
  • 1-855-363-0333

An appointment is required so please call in advance to schedule your time slot. To be eligible for testing, patients must provide proof of DC residency and must be at least 6 years of age

For more DC coronavirus information please check out coronavirus.dc.gov. For more information about free testing options, please download the RelayCare app!


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Ben Pugh

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Ben is a mathematician and self-taught full-stack software engineer.