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US Residents: Due to legal and ethical requirements and for you to get the most out of our testing, you need a supporting physician to interpret your results. Our infectious disease experts provide consultation to your doctor to help them understand our report and provide context. If you do not have a physician, we will do our best to find you one!

International Residents: We highly recommend that you have a physician involved in interpreting your results. Our infectious disease experts provide consultation to your doctor to help them understand our report and provide context.




KIT FAQs

What sample kits do you offer?2019-02-25T18:47:04-04:00

KITS OFFERED: blood plasma, fecal (feces), urine, tissue swab, sputum (deep throat saliva and mucus), cerebrospinal fluid, prostate secretion, and breast milk.

*tissue swabs can also be used for environmental tests, such as your home, floors, outside surfaces, etc. 

What phlebotomist should I use?2019-02-25T18:42:24-04:00

Typically, we suggest that you contact a phlebotomist in your local area.

If you cannot find a participating phlebotomist in your local area, please email nseal@aperiomics.com with your city, state, and area code with the email subject line”Need a Phlebotomist Near Me”.

We can assist you by compiling a list of a few in your area based on our internal database.

Where do I get my blood drawn for a plasma sample?2019-02-25T18:41:36-04:00

Typically, we suggest that you contact a phlebotomist in your local area.

If you cannot find a participating phlebotomist in your local area, please email nseal@aperiomics.com with your city, state, and area code with the email subject line”Need a Phlebotomist Near Me”.

We can assist you by compiling a list of a few in your area based on our internal database.

Why do I need a physician in order to get this test?2019-02-20T21:47:40-04:00

In the US, it is required to have a physician to support you in order to have this test.

The physician will provide ICD-10 codes for potential insurance reimbursement as well as provide result analysis in order to diagnose and create a treatment plan to get you better.

Do I need a supporting doctor to able to order this test?2019-02-20T21:45:56-04:00

US patients require a supporting physician in order to get this test. We cannot send you a test until you have a doctor who is willing to support you by reviewing your results and creating a treatment plan post result review.

If needed, your physician can schedule a consultation with our infectious disease doctor on staff.

Do you ship kits/ serve patients internationally?2019-02-25T18:49:04-04:00

Yes.

We serve patients in most major international areas, and do this often.

 

Which sample kit should I order?2019-02-25T18:46:12-04:00

KITS OFFERED: blood plasma, fecal (feces), urine, tissue swab, sputum (deep throat saliva and mucus), cerebrospinal fluid, prostate secretion, and breast milk.

*tissue swabs can also be used for environmental tests, such as your home, floors, outside surfaces, etc. 

For most accurate results, we test from the closest source of infection(s), where you feel your symptoms. For example, if you have an upset stomach or diarrhea, we would have you do a fecal kit, or for urinary tract infections, we would suggest a urine kit, etc.

US patients require a supporting physician in order to receive the test. Typically, your physician can identify which test kit you will need.

 

Who is Aperiomics?2019-02-20T21:17:14-04:00

Aperiomics is the only company of its kind and scope in the world. It is revolutionizing the way that medical professionals around the world detect and diagnose infections. Supported by the National Science Foundation, Aperiomics identifies every known bacteria, virus, fungus, and parasite through deep shotgun metagenomic sequencing. We help doctors and their patients identify the causes of infections that other tests cannot identify, thus streamlining the path to a positive clinical outcome. Many patients that we have helped were sick for years with no understanding of why. Patients and their physicians often contact Aperiomics after hearing about our life-changing success stories. The complete genetic fingerprint of a sample is created and compared to Aperiomics’ Xplore- PATHO database – a comprehensive database of over 37,000 microorganisms, including the world’s largest collection of known pathogens. Aperiomics was named Life Science’s Innovator of the Year in 2016 and International Start Up of the Year in 2018.

What does Aperiomics test for?2019-02-22T16:01:20-04:00

Aperiomics tests for all known bacteria, virus, parasites and fungi based on the sequenced genomes from thousands of scientists around the world.  This includes microbes that can cause intestinal issues, urinary tract infections, Lyme disease and many other issues.

What exactly does “parasite” mean?2019-02-22T16:11:51-04:00

We at Aperiomics define parasites as the currently sequenced parasitic worm, amoeba, and archaea genomes. Outside of worms this does not include multicellular things like mites or insects. Mites and multicellular organisms are typically glaringly obvious through a simple microscope and do not require the cutting edge DNA sequencing Aperiomics provides to diagnose.

Do patients or customers need to be sick in order to have Aperiomics test them?2019-02-20T21:20:20-04:00

No, patients or general customers do not need to be sick to be tested.  In some cases it may be desired to know one’s normal microbial population.  Aperiomics can perform a complete metagenomic microbiome assessment from any clinical sample. 

Many patient’s have found it beneficial to know what their healthy body’s microbial state looks like to serve as a baseline for comparison in the event they do become ill in the future.

Difference between Chronic Lyme and Lyme?2019-03-18T10:38:10-04:00

Chronic Lyme is different from Lyme in that it is thought to be an infectious after effect. Little is known about the most effective treatments or if it’s actually an active lingering infection. Some of our preliminary findings seem to support that the cause is not an active infection caused by known tick borne vectors although it could be caused by pathogens.

Do I have to be a doctor to order your testing services?2019-02-20T21:21:06-04:00

Aperiomics typically requires a clinician be involved in the collection and ordering of our testing.  This allows for the proper documentation for potential insurance reimbursement, as well as allowing for proper interpretation of results for the patient.

International patients do not need a supporting physician to order the test.

Does Aperiomics test for Lyme Disease?2019-02-20T21:23:03-04:00

Yes! All known forms of Lyme and tick-bourne diseases are in the Aperiomics Microbial Database.  Since Lyme Disease is very cryptic and likes to hide itself in various parts of the body, we recommend collection of blood, swab, urine and fecal samples to best chance of capturing the pathogen in the collection kits. 

Why would there be a need to test multiple samples at one time?2019-02-20T21:24:04-04:00

In some cases, if there is not a clear, single site of infection (or symptom), we will request that multiple samples be collected and tested.  In this case, we will request multiple sample to ensure the best possible results.

Is there anything to be careful of when shipping samples?2019-02-20T21:25:39-04:00

When collected as instructed, samples are rendered non-infectious and stable at ambient temperatures for up to 30 days.  The supplied shipping materials will return the sample next-day, and thus no special concerns are needed when shipping samples back to Aperiomics.

Your physician (for US patients only) and you will receive your results within 10-14 days after sample is returned to Aperiomics.

Are there any medications, probiotics, or treatment to discontinue before testing?2019-02-20T21:27:46-04:00

For us to get the best possible sample, it is typically recommended that all anti-infective treatments (antifungals, antiparasitics, antibiotics) be stopped 3 days prior to sample collection. This should be discussed with a healthcare provider. 

Probiotics should be stopped 14 days prior. All anti-infective treatments and probiotics should be listed on the requisition form, so our infectious disease doctor is aware of this when interpreting your results during the post- results physician consultation.

Do the biologicial samples have to be refrigerated or frozen?2018-11-08T14:18:22-04:00

No.  Our specialized collection kits contain a solution that renders samples non-infectious and keeps the genetic material that we need intact for up to 30 days at room temperature.  Combined with our supplied packing materials, it also makes it safe for shipping… so no need to worry.

How is the appropriate type of sample(s) for testing determined and what collection kits should be ordered?2019-02-20T21:30:07-04:00

Physicians should be able to tell patients which kit or kits they’ll need to help identify the pathogens causing your illness.  While a single kit may be needed, in some instances patients may require additional kits (blood, swab, urine, fecal, tissue or semen) to capture the pathogens at the suspected source of the infection. 

For most accurate results, we test from the closest source of infection(s), where you feel your symptoms. For example, if you have an upset stomach or diarrhea, we would have you do a fecal kit, or for urinary tract infections, we would suggest a urine kit, etc. If there are NO CLEAR SIGNS OF SYMPTOMS, we suggest a blood plasma kit.

How long does it take to get the test results?2019-02-20T21:31:44-04:00

Testing typically takes 10- 14 days.

Once your results are returned to your physician (physician required by US patients only), you can set up a consultation with our infectious disease doctor on staff. They will help your physician understand and interpret the results if needed.

How do I get the results?2019-02-20T21:40:41-04:00

Results are sent to healthcare providers securely and directly. For international patients, results are sent to you or your physician on file (if applicable).

If needed, one can schedule a consultation with our infectious disease doctor on staff to interpret and understand patient results.

What do the results mean?2019-02-20T21:34:32-04:00

A healthcare provider, analyzing our results along with the patient’s clinical history, will help patient’s understand the results of their testing. 

We provide one-on-one support for healthcare providers to understand our reports and help your physician gain the context needed for them to diagnose and create a treatment plan.

How does Aperiomics testing differ from what other companies offer?2018-11-08T14:31:59-04:00

Most labs test for just one or a handful of pathogens at a time. Others are only focuse on one aspect like bacteria.  Aperiomics tests for ALL known pathogens at once!  This is the most comprehensive testing available on the market and one of the best options for identifying chronic or cryptic infections.

If I’m taking probiotics, will that affect my results?2018-11-08T15:14:27-04:00

Taking probiotics while submitting a stool sample will severely hamper your results.  We recommend stopping all probiotics at least two weeks prior to submitting a stool sample to us.

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