Lyme Disease Testing
Check for signs of Lyme Disease by identifying borrelia antibodies in your blood, which can be a sign of Lyme disease (Lyme borreliosis). Online lab results in 2 to 5 days.
We test for:
Borrelia IgM Antibodies and
Borrelia IgG Antibodies
What to know
What to know
When to collect your sample
The sample must be collected in the morning on a Monday - Thursday using the home collection kit* provided and returned on the same day.
Symptoms of Lyme Infection may include:
Flu-like symptoms: Headache, fever, chills, fatigue, muscle and joint aches
Erythema migrans rash: A rash that develops from the point of being bitten. It may resemble a bulls-eye, with an expanding red area, that sometimes clears in the center. This appears between 3 and 30 days after being bitten by a tick. Not everybody with Lyme infection will develop this rash.
Neurological symptoms: Meningitis (severe headache, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light), issues with muscle movement or facial droop. These symptoms may occur in the later stages of Lyme infection.
If you develop the erythema migrans rash, or if you experience neurological symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately.
Who should be tested
You should consider testing if you have symptoms, or if you may have been exposed to Lyme infection-carrying ticks. In the case of a positive result, further testing to confirm the diagnosis may be required. It can take 2-6 weeks after a tick bite for the lab to identify antibodies in the blood. If you are concerned about Lyme infection you should consider testing (or retesting) 6 weeks after the tick bite. If you develop an erythema migrans rash, or if you experience any neurological symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately.
You should be tested:
You are presenting with symptoms of Lyme infection
You live in a place that is rich in vegetation or a woodland area
You live in Northern America or Northern Europe
You go camping or hiking on a regular basis, particularly during the Summer or Autumn
You come into contact with larger woodland animals on a regular basis
Borrelia IgM Antibodies
Immunoglobulin M (IgM) is an antibody found in the blood and lymphatic fluid. It is the first antibody produced by the body in response to an infection. A high concentration of IgM antibodies in the blood indicates that you have recently contracted Lyme infection.
Borrelia IgG Antibodies
Immunoglobulin G is the most abundant antibody found in the body. It is involved in fighting bacterial and viral infections. A high concentration of IgG antibodies and low concentration of IgM antibodies indicate that you have been infected with Lyme infection for a period of time.
How it works
Collect your sample
Activate your collection kit and collect your sample in the morning. Return your sample on the same day, using the prepaid shipping label provided.
Review accurate results
Once your sample arrives in the laboratory, confidential results will be available from your secure online account within 2 to 5 days.
Get medical support
Our dedicated clinical team is here to support you and may call you to explain your results and provide guidance on your next steps.
Still have questions?
Here are some questions we usually get about LetsGetChecked. If you would like yours answered, please contact us.
Activating the kit connects you to the unique alphanumeric barcode within your LetsGetChecked sample collection kit box. The laboratory cannot process your sample if the kit is not activated and linked to you. You should only activate your kit when you are ready to take your sample.
Yes. LetsGetChecked has a team of doctors, nurses, and healthcare clinicians who will review your order and results and have created detailed result breakdowns for your testing journey.
Our clinical team is on standby throughout the testing process and, if your test results are abnormal, you may receive a call to discuss your results and the next steps.
Please ensure that the sample is collected in the morning on a Monday - Thursday and returned immediately using the carrier method provided within the sample collection kit. Each of our kits includes a prepaid delivery envelope to return your samples to the laboratory.
Please do not collect or return samples on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
Keeping your personal data secure is important to us. We use appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure security and confidentiality of your information, and only share your information where required to deliver our products and services or where we have a legal basis to do so. All samples are disposed of following analysis.
Your samples are analysed with CE-marked tests in the same labs used by primary care providers, hospitals, and government programs.
LetsGetChecked laboratories are CPA-approved and ISO certified, which are the highest levels of accreditation.
Our home sample collection kits are manufactured within our ISO 13485 certified facility, the highest level of accreditation for medical devices.
We don't accept insurance at this time. We work to keep our tests as affordable as possible and our test costs are generally lower than the costs incurred from a trip to a healthcare provider.