LAST EDITED ON Jun-12-09 AT 08:51 PM (CST)
We get many requests asking how to go about home PCR testing. Here are a couple of threads that address it.
Original post by: blip05
Member since Sep-14-08
17 posts Oct-07-08, 01:22 PM (CDT)
"Westover Heights at home testing"
I mentioned in an earlier post under the neurolgia forum that I would pass on any information i found about at home swabbing for shedding.
I hope this isn't considered wrong for me to list here on the forum. It isn't advertising...just sharing with the group.
A phone patient at WH is charged $4.00 per minute/avg 15 - 20 minutes, from what i was told. They will talk, answer questions, write scripts, order labs....I believe they told me if you don't use all of your minutes, they will either refund the difference, or hold a credit for you. (not entirely sure I remember exactly on that point tho)
A call with Terri about at home swabbing; to discuss if it is the right choice, etc... is $75, but as you may imagine, hard to schedule do her hectic work schedule.
A 4 month course of at home swabbing is $650....the full 4month 'course' is recomended. Other choices are $50 per vial, and it fits 7 swabs for 7 consecutive days. I don't remember now what exactly the 7 day option is for...sorry, it's been a few weeks since I called, and I didn't write much down on that.
Payment is required in advance for any services, and patients have the choice to turn in to their insurance companies. Some insurances do pay for STD prevention and others do not.
Pricey, yes. But if it gives me any information on how often I may be shedding, and give me any piece of mind on how/what time I may be most prone to transmit to a partner, it may well be worth it in the long haul. Though I may very well be eating oatmeal 3 meals a day to save up for this!
The clinic phone number is 503-226-6678.