Is there a way to test my or my family’s blood serum levels for PFAS?

Yes. If you would like to have your or your family member’s blood tested, talk to your health care provider. You can also seek guidance on how to interpret blood test results from your regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU). However, PEHSU does not offer PFAS testing.

For more information on PFAS Blood Testing and Talking to Your Doctor check out ASTDR’s website:

Remember that PFAS are found in the blood of humans and animals worldwide. Most people in the United States have one or more specific PFAS in their blood, especially PFOS and PFOA. If you are concerned and choose to have your blood tested, test results will tell you how much of each PFAS is in your blood but it is unclear what the results mean in terms of possible health effects. The blood test will not be diagnostic (attributable to an existing health condition) or prognostic (predictive of a future health condition), nor will it provide information for treatment. The blood test results will not predict or rule-out the development of future health problems related to a PFAS exposure. At this point, the benefit of a PFAS blood test is to identify the PFAS in a person’s blood, relative to the broader population.

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1. What can residents, businesses, and visitors can do to prevent exposure to PFAS?
2. Should I stop growing and eating vegetables using co-compost that may have PFAS?
3. Can I water my plants and garden with PFAS-contaminated water and eat that produce?
4. How can I limit my exposure to PFAS in my garden?
5. What are the PFAS levels in fertilizer and other soil products coming onto the Island?
6. Waste Options Nantucket makes products for beneficial re-use. What are they?
7. Is it safe to shower using domestic well water that contains PFAS?
8. Is it safe for me to bathe my baby using domestic (private) well water that contains PFAS?
9. What can I do as a private well owner to remove PFAS from my water?
10. Am I at risk if I drink or drank water with PFAS above health standards?
11. Is there a way to test my or my family’s blood serum levels for PFAS?