IVF Viral Screen Blood Test, from our experts to you.Dr Natasha Fernando MBBS, MRCGP
What tests need to be done before IVF?
What can I learn from an IVF viral screen?
What causes the viruses included in this test?
Limitations of the test
How to prepare for your test
Frequently asked questions
You can take our viral screening blood test before you start IVF treatment to check for viruses. However, if you’re already pregnant, you may want to check that you’re clear of infectious diseases that could be passed onto your child, so that appropriate steps can be taken to minimise the risks.
When should I take this test?
What are the symptoms of the viruses included in this test?
The viruses included in this test can often have either no symptoms or very mild symptoms in the early stages. And some of the symptoms they produce, such as flu-like illnesses, can easily be mistaken for something else. This means that in some cases, people are unaware they have them.
However, if you have one of these viruses, there is a possibility you could pass it on to others and that it could cause serious, potentially life-threatening problems at a later stage.
A positive result doesn’t automatically mean you won’t be able to have IVF treatment. But it’s important that, if possible, these infections are identified before you start treatment so any appropriate additional steps can be taken.
Can I have IVF if I have an infectious disease?
Yes, you can choose to have a nurse visit you at your home to take a blood sample from a vein in your arm (a venous sample). You can also take pre-IVF blood tests at our nationwide partner clinics.
Can I take a virology blood test for IVF at home?
You can access the results of your IVF blood test on your MyMedichecks dashboard, alongside doctor’s advice and any next steps.
How can I access the results of my virology screen blood test?
IVF Viral Screen Blood Test explained
Our viral screen blood test checks for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and syphilis.
HIV is a virus that damages your immune system, weakening your ability to fight infections and disease. A pregnant woman with HIV can pass on the virus to her baby during pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. However, with the right treatment and precautions, the risk of transmitting HIV can be significantly reduced.
Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are types of the hepatitis virus that can cause liver damage. A pregnant woman can pass these infections to her baby during birth (although this is much rarer in cases of hepatitis C than hepatitis B). Appropriate medications can help reduce the risk of transmission.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a bacterium. It can be serious if it’s left untreated and can be passed to your baby during pregnancy or birth. It also increases your chances of miscarriage, premature birth, and stillbirth. However, you can receive treatment with antibiotics, even during pregnancy.
Where can I get advice and support?
Starting IVF treatment can be an overwhelming experience. If you need support or reassurance, your doctor and fertility clinic team can help.
There are also organisations that can offer advice and guidance, both in relation to pregnancy and your sexual health. These include the Family Planning Association (FPA), which provides information on STIs and pregnancy. You can also visit your local sexual health clinic for information and support. And the Terrence Higgins Trust has a free helpline offering information, support, and advice about HIV and sexual health.