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Testing for COVID-19 at UHS

For information about the UT Proactive Community Testing Program for asymptomatic individuals, click here.


UHS can provide COVID-19 testing (nasal swab) to students with symptoms to determine whether they are currently infected with the virus and for travelers who need a COVID test to clear them to travel.

Obtain copies of the UHS Clinical Laboratory licenses if needed for your travel clearance

UHS can also provide COVID-19 antibody testing (blood test) to help determine if a person has already been infected with COVID-19.

UHS will bill your insurance for the cost of the test. Most insurances fully cover the cost of clinical testing for current COVID-19 infection. If you are uninsured or if your insurance does not fully cover it, the university will subsidize the cost of testing so that there is no out-of-pocket cost to you. Call the UHS Billing and Insurance Office at (512) 475-8394 to learn more.

UHS charges $88 for the nasal swab test. Again, this is the amount billed to your insurance which may cover some or all of the cost, and any gaps in coverage will be fulfilled by the university. For COVID-19 antibody testing, the charge is $53 for the blood test for COVID-19 (also called a serology test). Charges for antibody testing are not subsidized by the university.

Call the UHS Billing and Insurance Office at (512) 475-8394 regarding additional discounts that may apply.

COVID-19 Test to Determine Current Infection
UHS tests symptomatic students (and students needing a COVID-19 test for travel clearance) using an anterior nares swab, which takes a test sample from front of the nose inside the nostrils. Other collection methods, such as nasopharyngeal and salivary, may substitute for anterior nares as dictated by supply chain or other factors. It typically takes one business day to receive results, depending on volume.

Please watch the following short video before coming to your appointment.

Scheduling your appointment.

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, schedule a telehealth appointment with a UHS provider through the MyUHS patient portal by clicking “Schedule a UHS Appointment or a COVID-19 Test” or by calling either of the following from 8am to 5pm on weekdays:
    • UHS Appointment Line - (512) 471-4955
    • UHS Nurse Advice Line - (512) 475-6877

If you need a COVID-19 test for travel clearance, call the UHS Nurse Advice Line.

To Check-in at Your Appointment Time

  • Wear a face covering.
  • Arrive as close to your appointment time as possible to prevent lines.
  • Come to the Twenty Seventh Street Garage garage attendant office on the ground floor - immediately inside the entrance facing the SSB.
  • Social distance if there is a line.

What do the results of this test mean?

POSITIVE NEGATIVE

Virus was detected in the test, consistent with current or recent virus infection. The result is accurate only for the time at which the swab was done. A positive test does not predict whether you will develop symptom or how severe they could be.

You should stay home and self-isolate, even if you do not have symptoms, and monitor yourself for symptoms that may require hospitalization.

Find self-isolation guidelines under “Symptoms” in this chart

A negative test result means that virus particles were not present in the specimen in sufficient quantities to be detected. However, a negative result does not exclude the possibility of COVID-19 infection. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or you currently have symptoms, regardless of your test result, you should stay home and continue to self-quarantine or self-isolate as described in the link below.

Find guidelines for self-quarantine under “Exposure” and self-isolation under “Symptoms” in this chart.

POSITIVE

Virus was detected in the test, consistent with current or recent virus infection. The result is accurate only for the time at which the swab was done. A positive test does not predict whether you will develop symptom or how severe they could be.

You should stay home and self-isolate, even if you do not have symptoms, and monitor yourself for symptoms that may require hospitalization.

You should stay home and self-isolate, even if you do not have symptoms, and monitor yourself for symptoms that may require hospitalization.

Find self-isolation guidelines under “Symptoms” in this chart

NEGATIVE

A negative test result means that virus particles were not present in the specimen in sufficient quantities to be detected. However, a negative result does not exclude the possibility of COVID-19 infection. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or you currently have symptoms, regardless of your test result, you should stay home and continue to self-quarantine or self-isolate as described in the link below.

Find guidelines for self-quarantine under “Exposure” and self-isolation under “Symptoms” in this chart.

Whether your test is negative or positive, your healthcare will provide additional instructions as necessary and applicable to your circumstances.

COVID-19 Antibody Testing to Determine Past Infection (Blood Test)
This test determines whether a person has antibodies to COVID-19. Antibodies indicate that a person may have had a past COVID-19 infection. It is unclear whether the presence of COVID-19 antibodies provides protection (immunity) against reinfection. If they do provide immunity, it is unclear how long immunity would last.

Students who are interested in antibody testing should schedule an appointment with a UHS provider by calling either of the following from 8am – 5pm on weekdays

  • UHS Appointment Line - (512) 471-4955
  • UHS Nurse Advice Line - (512) 475-6877

What do the results of this test mean?

POSITIVE NEGATIVE
You have antibodies that most likely resulted from being infected with COVID-19 or, possibly, a related coronavirus. You probably have not had a previous COVID-19 infection.
It is unclear at this time whether you are protected from (immune to) getting infected with COVID-19 again. If you are immune, the length of immunity is unknown. A negative antibody test does not rule out current infection. It takes one to three weeks (or longer) after being infected with COVID-19 for antibodies to develop. Therefore, you could have an early COVID-19 infection and be able to spread the virus to others and have a negative antibody test.

The level of reassurance provided by a positive antibody test remains unclear. Therefore, you should follow recommended protective measures as if you could become infected and infect others.

How to Protect Yourself

If you have symptoms and meet other criteria for testing, you will need a nasal swab test to determine current infection.
POSITIVE
You have antibodies that most likely resulted from being infected with COVID-19 or, possibly, a related coronavirus.
It is unclear at this time whether you are protected from (immune to) getting infected with COVID-19 again. If you are immune, the length of immunity is unknown.

The level of reassurance provided by a positive antibody test remains unclear. Therefore, you should follow recommended protective measures as if you could become infected and infect others.

How to Protect Yourself

NEGATIVE
You probably have not had a previous COVID-19 infection.
A negative antibody test does not rule out current infection. It takes one to three weeks (or longer) after being infected with COVID-19 for antibodies to develop. Therefore, you could have an early COVID-19 infection and be able to spread the virus to others and have a negative antibody test.
If you have symptoms and meet other criteria for testing, you will need a nasal swab test to determine current infection.

Whether your test is negative or positive, your healthcare will provide additional instructions as necessary and applicable to your circumstances.




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