SHIELD FAQ - What happens if someone, including a child, cannot produce an acceptable saliva specimen?


Our supportive collection site staff members can help the patient produce a sufficient saliva sample. However, to complete the test, an acceptable saliva specimen is required (i.e., no food, liquids, or other substances in the mouth for one hour prior). For younger children, we can provide a curriculum designed to guide them through the steps and the reasons for the test.