The article below covers all the relevant topics of the Mononucleosis test including Is mono an STD, the cost of mono test, what is a mono test, mononucleosis symptoms, test preparation, procedure, and how to get tested for mono.
- Is mono an STD?
- The cost of a mono test/monospot test
- What are mono symptoms?
- How is the mono test performed?
- Is there any preparation required before the test?
- Are there any risks to the test?
- What does the test result mean?
- Mono treatment.
- Provider Locations.
Is Mono an STD?
Mononucleosis (mono) is a contagious illness that is mostly caused by the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). EBV is a type of herpes virus and is a very common infection among teenagers and adults in the U.S. Mono test is prescribed to rule out the presence of the EBV virus in the bloodstream causing infectious mononucleosis. Mono test is also commonly known as the EBV antibody test or monospot test.
For our readers, who are more interested in knowing the cost of the mono blood test beforehand, we cover that section next.
How much does the mono test cost?
Mononucleosis, mono test costs $49 in the U.S. No prior appointment is required. Compare the price, order your test online and visit the nearest lab during lab business hours. Complete the procedure and get the results in your email in 2 to 3 business days.
The following table shows the cost of the mono test at one of our partner laboratories (CLIA – Certified) network located across the U.S.
Name of our Partner Labs
Mono test cost with insurance
Most of the health insurance policies in the U.S. cover the cost of the mono blood test. However, the coverage offered by private health insurance companies and national health insurance programs like Medicare and Medicaid varies widely. So we recommend you to check the coverage of your plan with the insurance company before getting tested.
Our mono testing providers do not accept any health insurance plan. But, on request, they can provide you with an itemized receipt containing all the details like the name and code of the test, and CPT code which is necessary for insurance reimbursement purposes.
What is a mono test?
A monospot test is a simple blood test done to detect infectious mononucleosis.
Mononucleosis is a contagious illness that is mostly caused by the EBV (Epstein-Barr Virus). It is also known as the “kissing disease” because the Epstein-Barr virus can be easily transmitted through kissing. The virus spreads through body fluids, so it can also be spread by sharing drinks or utensils. Sometimes, it can also be transmitted through blood and semen. However, all the people infected with EBV are not expected to get mono.
The monospot test helps to diagnose infectious mononucleosis (mono). Your physician will order this test when you experience the following mono symptoms
- Night sweats
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Stomach pain
- Enlarged spleen/liver (in rare cases)
- Muscle pain
Sometimes, the signs of mono can be confused with the symptoms of cold and flu. But when the symptoms prolong for more than 10 days, it is highly recommended to consult a physician.
How is the mono blood test performed?
During this test, a lab technician or a phlebotomist will cleanse the area to be injected with an antiseptic and wrap an elastic band around the upper arm to make the vein visible and pool with blood. He/she then injects a needle to draw a sample of blood and collects the sample in a vial (a glass container) or a test tube. After the blood sample is drawn, you will be asked to apply pressure on the puncture site with a cotton ball to stop bleeding. The collected blood sample is then sent to the laboratory for further testing.
It takes less than 5 to 10 minutes to perform this test.
Is there any preparation required before the test?
There is no special preparation required for a mono blood test.
Are there any risks to the test?
There are no possible risks or complications in the mono blood test. But sometimes after the blood sample is drawn, you might feel dizziness, slight pain, bruise, soreness, or redness in the injected area for a very little period.
What does the test result mean?
If the test results are negative, most of the time it means that you do not have mononucleosis. Even though the result is negative, your physician might repeat the test to make sure that you do not have a mono disease.
If the test results are positive, it indicates infectious mononucleosis. Your physician will also consider other blood tests like CBC (Complete Blood Count), blood smear and your symptoms to make an accurate diagnosis.
The mono disease can be treated easily by taking rest and consuming lot of fluids and a healthy diet. Sometimes, mono treatment can also include the prescription of medications to control and lower the fever and other symptoms.
The mono test can be done in any of the following locations across the U.S. by visiting the nearest lab. To know the cost of a mono test, refer to the first section of the article.
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Frequently Asked Questions
Will insurance cover my testing cost?
No, insurance will not be covered in the billing. However, they will provide you a receipt for insurance reimbursement purposes.
How should I book my appointment?
You can choose the most suitable provider from above and make an appointment by following the instructions mentioned by them.
Can I cancel my lab test order?
Yes, you can cancel your lab test order anytime before your testing. A refund will be initiated after deducting the cancellation fee. However, cancellation is at the discretion of the provider.
Do the providers offer result interpretations?
Yes, a few providers may provide doctor consultation who will take you through the results and provide clarification if needed.
How do I receive my report?
To ensure your privacy, the test report will be mailed to you by the provider.
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