About Bilharzia antibodies
What is bilharzia?
Bilharzia or schistosomiasis is a disease caused by the parasitic flatworm schistosoma. Schistosomes or blood flukes are commonly found in freshwater in Africa and can also be found in areas of South America, the Caribbean, Asia or the Middle East. Infection typically occurs after exposure to immature schistosomes but may not immediately present with symptoms.
Long-term bilharzia can result in damage to major organs including the bladder, kidneys and liver. The immune system will typically produce antibodies against bilharzia which can be detected with clinical tests. Antibodies may remain present in the blood after the infection has cleared or in some cases antibodies are not detected even if the infection is present, making diagnosis difficult.
Why take the test?
This test screens for bilharzia antibodies in the blood. It is used to diagnose the presence of bilharzia.
How it works
Order your kit
Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to you door. Your kit contains everything you need for the test.
Take your test and post
Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse.
Get results directly to your dashboard
You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.
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