Glandular Fever


4-12 hrs


15 mins

blood vial for glandular testing

Is glandular fever contagious?

It is estimated that 95% of adults have been infected with EBV at some point. It can be symptomless, or present as mononucleosis (“mono”), or glandular fever.


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Understanding Glandular Fever (EBV)

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), commonly known as “mono” or infectious mononucleosis, primarily affects young adults and teenagers. While it typically presents with symptoms such as severe fatigue, fever, a very sore throat, and swollen neck glands, most of these symptoms resolve within the first month. However, the profound tiredness associated with glandular fever can persist for months.

It’s essential to seek a proper diagnosis from a doctor to monitor potential complications of the infection.

We offer two different tests:

Glandular fever monospot: £65

This tests for a current infection

Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) screen: £195

This tests for a current infection, past infection and any sign of reactivation of a past infection.


Glandular fever is a viral infection, caused by the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). EBV is contagious. You can get EBV by sharing unwashed cutlery or glasses, or through exposure to coughs or sneezes because it lives in the saliva of infected people.

Glandular fever is also sometimes referred to as “the kissing disease”, as it can be spread through kissing.

If you would like to test for EBV or are experiencing symptoms and would like to speak to a doctor, give us a call to make your appointment or use our online booking system.

How To Book A Blood Test

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Use our online booking engine or book your test by giving us a call.

Choose your test type

On the online booking engine select the “appointment type” you need.

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You will be seen by one of our friendly phlebotomists or trained clinicians.


Type of sample taken: Blood
  • Please arrive for this test well-hydrated to make the procedure easier.
During the test
  • This test is a fast and simple blood test.
  • A needle is inserted into a vein, usually on the inner arm near the elbow, and a small amount of blood is drawn.
  • You may feel a small prick from the needle or a scratching sensation.
  • Our doctor will call you to explain your results if you had your test alongside a GP consultation.
  • If you came for the blood test only, we will email you the results, and you can take them to your own doctor for interpretation or book a consultation to come back and see one of our GPs.


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Glandular Fever Monospot

This is a glandular fever monospot test which tests for a current infection.

Epstein Barr Virus screen

The Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) screen tests for past infection, current infection and signs of reactivation.

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We work with experienced consultants & healthcare professionals who have received positive feedback from our patients, and with whom we have established long-term relationships.


When is this test recommended?
This test will be ordered when you have symptoms that are characteristic of glandular fever, such as fever, headache, sore throat, swollen glands, and extreme fatigue, which cannot be explained any other way. This infection is more prevalent in teenagers and young adults. The doctor may also recommend this test if you have an existing autoimmune disease.
EBV, or the Epstein-Barr Virus, is the virus that causes glandular fever. The virus is present in the saliva of someone who has the infection. You can carry the virus for years without showing symptoms. Someone who has had an EBV infection as a child is more likely to develop glandular fever later in life.
Yes. Research has shown a strong correlation between being infected with EBV and developing certain autoimmune diseases, lupus and multiple sclerosis (MS) in particular, and possibly some cancers. The links however are not exactly clear.

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