300 free-of-charge COVID Antibody tests to Paphos women Free COVID-19 antibody testing will be provided by the Mendel Center to 300 Cypriot women aged 30-40 living in the municipality of Paphos.
Blood samples will be taken at the Attikon complex in Paphos old town by appointment only, the Mendel Center announced on Tuesday. The test will be provided by appointment during the period of May 17-31 for women of Cypriot citizenship, who hold a valid Cypriot identity card issued after 2010 and who were born between 1980 and 1990. They must also provide a utility bill with an address within the boundaries of the municipality of Paphos.
Clinical laboratories are currently providing two types of tests to detect COVID-19, they noted:
Firstly, a molecular test, which is considered to be the best method for detecting current and active virus infection, provided that the laboratory has good results in an external quality assurance scheme, they said. The Mendel Center is currently the only laboratory in the Republic of Cyprus to participate in the International COVID-19 External Quality Assurance Scheme. The second is the antibody test which is considered the best method for detecting previous infection with the virus, which would afford immunity going forward. Dr Pavlos Neophytou, director of the Mendel Centre, said the results of the analysis would show the percentage of women in Paphos who have already contracted the virus and if they have adequate immunity to it.
Blood samples will be taken at the Attikon complex, Evagoras Pallikaridis Street, which is being provided free-of -charge to the Mendel Center by the municipality of Paphos to be used as a sampling center for COVID-19 tests.
Those interested can contact Dr. Neophytou at email: firstname.lastname@example.org (by sending a scan or photo of the ID and utility bill) or by calling 99 327605 for an appointment.
The population of women aged 30-40 is internationally considered as the population with the highest benefit from screening for cervical cancer, which is caused by another viral infection, namely Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). According to the European Guidelines the most effective method of screening is the HPV DNA test. According to the European HPV DNA test External Quality Assurance Scheme the only excellent HPV DNA test provided in Cyprus is the Test Pavlou or Pav Test provided by Dr Pavlos Neophytou.