Leishmania blood film

This is an important test that screens for specific leishmania strains in the blood by the outgrowth of the bacteria.

Venous blood
1 tests included
2 days turnaround



About Leishmania blood film

What is leishmania?

Leishmania is a genus of parasitic organism responsible for the disease leishmaniasis. The disease is spread by bites from sandflies, typically found in tropical or subtropical regions. There are three forms of leishmaniasis; visceral leishmaniasis (VL), cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) and mucocutaneous leishmaniasis (ML). VL typically presents with symptoms including enlarged spleen and liver, anaemia, weight loss and bouts of fever.

If left untreated, this type of leishmaniasis is fatal in over 95% of cases.  CL is the most common form of leishmaniasis, it is characterised by skin lesions and ulcers on exposed parts of the body, resulting in scarring. ML damages or destroys the protective mucosal membranes of the mouth, throat and nose.

Why take the test?

This test screens for specific leishmania strains in the blood by the outgrowth of the bacteria. It is used to detect specific strains of leishmania, which dictates what kind of leishmaniasis is present.


What's tested


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.