There are several serology techniques that can be used depending on the antibodies being studied. Serology blood tests help to diagnose patients with certain immune deficiencies associated with the lack of antibodies, such as X-linked agammaglobulinemia. In such cases, tests for antibodies will be consistently negative. Serological tests may be performed for diagnostic purposes when an infection is suspected, in rheumatic illnesses, and in many other situations, such as checking an individuals blood type. These include: ELISA, agglutination, precipitation, complement-fixation, and fluorescent antibodies.