LAST EDITED ON Apr-28-10 AT 07:10 AM (CDST)
Copied from a post that grace made:
12245 posts Apr-27-10, 06:07 PM (CDST)
This is from a poster on another forum who did a lot of homework when he was told he couldn't get the proper testing done.
Public Health (in Ontario at least) does IgG HSV ELISA/EIA testing. It is free but only if your referring doctor or the lab where the blood is drawn requests Public Health to do the actual testing. The test in NOT type specific ie. It will not differentiate between type 1 or 2, the public lab does not do type specific testing at all! If you want type specific (HSV 1 or 2 ) you must go through the private lab. The turn around time is 1-2 weeks.
Public Health Toronto Lab does the blood testing.
Public Health Kingston does the lesion swab testing.
Toronto Virology lab # 1-416-235-5731.
Kingston lab # 1-613-548-6638
Local (519) 679-1630
Local (613) 729-0200
Local (905) 790-3030
All this information is 100% accurate. I contacted both Gamma-Dynacare and Public Health multiple times to make sure my information was correct. The private lab has a web page for HSV testing information:
Look for HERPES SIMPLEX IGM/IGG testing.
Note: Most doctors in Canada unfortunately are not aware that blood testing is available, they can refuse you if you ask or tell you that it is inaccurate or difficult to do. Some will only test IF you have actual active lesion present. DO not take NO for an answer. Search for a different doctor if possible. Walk in clinics are notorious for refusing to do blood testing and most city STD clinics do not do HSV testing. For info on any particular province and where testing is done please call the Gamma or Public Health numbers and they should be able to help you out.