Also Known As
ABO Group and Rh Type, Blood Group, Rh Factor
The Purpose of Blood Type Testing
Blood type testing provides essential information that’s used in many medical situations. Blood types are divided into three groups–A, B, and O–based on the antigens, or proteins, in red blood cells. Additionally, blood is categorized by whether it has a Rhesus, or Rh, factor, which refers to a substance on the surface of red blood cells. Blood is either Rh positive or Rh negative. So someone who is A negative has type A blood without an Rh factor.
A test for blood type is common and can be used for:
- Blood transfusions
- Detecting Rh immune globulin candidacy for prenatal and postpartum individuals as well as potential ABO hemolytic disease in newborns
- Special blood type-based diets
What Does the ABO Rh Test Measure?
The blood group test will determine your blood type by detecting antigens in your blood. You will have either A or B antigens, both antigens (blood type AB), or no antigens (type O). The test will also look for the presence of Rh factor.
Who Should Take an ABO Rh Blood Test?
This test is recommended for anyone who:
- Wants to learn their blood type for general health knowledge
- Needs to undergo prenatal testing
- Will have surgery or a blood transfusion
- Follows a blood type diet plan for weight loss
ABO/Rh Test Preparation
No special preparation is required for a blood typing test.
Blood Typing Test Results
You will learn your blood type, which would typically be A, B, AB, or O. You will also learn whether you are positive or negative for Rh factor.
You can use these results to move forward with healthcare decisions. If you have any questions about what your blood type means for your health and well-being, simply schedule a telehealth visit with one of our board-certified doctors at your convenience.
Where Can I Get a Blood Type Test Near Me?
Personalabs makes it easy to get the information you need to take control of your health. Our partnerships with Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics give you access to more than 4,000 lab locations across the country for your convenience.
It’s easy to get a blood type test with Personalabs:
Step 1: Purchase a test online and download the lab order. (You won’t need approval from your doctor, depending on which state you live in.)
Step 2: Use our lab locator to find the facility near you and make an appointment.
Step 3: Bring the ABO Rh test order to your appointment and have your blood drawn.
Step 4: Test results typically arrive in your private and secure Personalabs account within 2 to 10 business days. (Contact us for a specific turnaround time, which can vary by location, and we will contact the lab for you.)
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