myLymeTest identifies proteins in the blood that are produced by the body in response to the Lyme bacteria. These proteins are called “Antibodies”. A blood sample is tested for the presence of these antibodies. If the test is positive, you have developed antibodies.
If the results are positive: see your physician, especially if you have symptoms. Lyme disease is treatable with antibiotics. Your doctor will use the results of your Lyme disease antibody test along with the report of your symptoms to confirm a diagnosis. Your doctor will discuss your course of treatment in detail if you have tested positive for Lyme disease.
Positive results can also been seen if you’ve had a tick bite in the past and developed antibodies to the bacteria. Finding antibodies to the Lyme disease bacteria does not always tell whether you were infected recently or sometime in the past since some of these antibodies remain in your blood.
A negative result means that you have not formed the antibodies to the Lyme bacteria. Your negative result may also mean that it’s too early for antibody formation and careful monitoring for symptoms is warranted.
There are many reasons why someone who actually has Lyme disease may have a negative test result. There may not have been time for antibodies to develop or the immune system may be suppressed. Antibodies usually develop 4 weeks or more after a tick bite.