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Testing is an important part of staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and TLC Medical is happy to offer COVID testing in Westchase and Tampa. We offer rapid antigen and rapid antibody testing, meaning that in just 10 to 15 minutes, you’ll have your results in hand.
Rapid Antigen and Antibody Testing
At TLC Medical, we offer two different rapid COVID-19 tests. Both tests involve a simple, relatively painless blood draw. That blood will then be used to test for both antigens and antibodies related to COVID-19.
Rapid antigen testing in Tampa looks for proteins specific to COVID-19, which indicate that your body is currently fighting the virus. These tests are especially useful for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
Rapid antibody testing in Tampa, on the other hand, is meant to determine if a patient has had COVID-19 in the past. Antibodies to COVID-19 usually develop within one to three weeks after infection. While rapid antibody tests aren’t used to determine if you currently have COVID, they may indicate that you have developed some level of immunity, although more data is still needed.
If you test negative on a rapid antigen test but are still exhibiting symptoms, our provider may perform a PCR test to confirm the diagnosis. A PCR test looks for the actual genetic material of the COVID-19 virus. Although this testing may take longer—from 24-72 hours—PCR tests are considered the “gold standard” of COVID-19 testing, making them a useful tool to confirm your rapid antigen diagnosis.
About 10-15 minutes after your blood draw, you should have the results of your rapid antigen or antibody testing. Whether you test negative or positive, you’ll receive your results on a printed page, signed by our provider on our letterhead. More importantly, your results will help your doctor determine the best course of action for your medical needs.
Many people looking for COVID testing in Tampa are encouraged to go to Raymond James Stadium. But unlike what you’ll find at Raymond James, there’s no long wait at TLC Medical. None of our convenient locations require an appointment for COVID-19 testing, meaning you won’t have to wait for your test. And because our tests provide quick results, it’s easy to fit COVID-19 testing into your schedule.
TLC Medical has several locations throughout the area, so you can get rapid antibody testing in Westchase or a PCR test in Plant City. Each location is staffed by trained, dedicated medical professionals, committed to keeping you healthy. Our professionals also speak Spanish, to better serve the Tampa area’s diverse community.
In this unsettling time, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting a COVID-19 test. Visit one of our office locations today and put your mind at ease.