TORCH Test – Positive, Negative

Results are usually reported as positive or negative.

A “normal” result is negative (undetectable) antibody in the blood and means that it is unlikely that the person tested has the infection.

However, if a healthcare practitioner strongly suspects that a newborn or pregnant woman has one of these infections, even though the results were negative, other tests for the suspected infection should be done.

A positive result indicates high likelihood of infection with that microbe.

However, further testing must be done to confirm these results. Any positive antibody results should be confirmed with additional specific tests before the diagnosis is considered valid.

Torch 5 Antibodies test don’t need any special preparation for performing. Make sure to wear a short-sleeved shirt or a shirt with sleeves that you can easily rollup. No special preparation needed for the hematology test. There’s no need to adjust your diet. You can both eat and drink normally.

However, your doctor may require that you fast for a specific amount of time before the test. That’s common if the blood sample will be used for additional testing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.