This is a work in progress (and I confess I need to do some rechecking on some details), but this is my progress so far on my province-by-province inquiries about what is covered under each province's health care.
In most cases I contacted a single STD clinic in the province and found out through them what could be arranged under coverage. A few of the Provincial Labs had their service guides posted on line so I was able to confirm through that route as well.
If you have something that looks like an OB, most of the STD clinics I spoke to suggested that people got to the STD clinic rather than their GP to get swabbing done as not all GPs have the right swabs in their office. Just something to consider.
I am missing information on a couple of provinces/territories (Yukon/NWT/Quebec/PEI), but I still hope to track the information down for these places.
Periodically I will update what is here:
The nutshell version of things is that nearly every province types and cultures swabs (Manitoba is the only one that doesn't type swabs).
So far Alberta and Newfoundland that offer type specific serology (under health care). There is a rumor out there that Quebec does as well, but I haven't been able to confirm that.
Saskatchewan (Tommy Douglas land go figure) will cover PCR typing on swabs -- well worth going to an STD clinic if you have an OB and you are in Saskatchewan.
* Culture Testing (with typing)
* Non specific blood test
* Can arrange (for a fee) Western Blot through St. Paulís Hospital (who will send sample onto University of Washington)
Link to Western Blot through St. Paulís Hospital in Vancouver: http://www.stdresource.com/brochures/pdfs/ref%20110a%20st%20pauls%20herpes%20western%20blot.pdf
*Culture Testing and Typing
*Non Specific IgG / IgM
*Type Specific IgG
(PCR testing is only available in extenuating circumstances and requires approval of the Provincial Labís Pathologistódonít expect to be approved for it unless your clinical history is unusual)
*Culture and PCR Typing of cultures
*IgG/IgM Serology (non specific)
*Culture Testing (no typing)
*HSV IgG/IgM serology (non specific)
(in short, there is no way to get HSV typing done in Manitoba under health care at the moment, you will have to find a private route)
*Culture and Typing
*IgG Serology (non specific)
(there are a couple of labs that apparently do type specific testing, and at least one can arrange for western blot testing ... I have not called these labs to confirm this. The labs I have been referred to are:
Life Labs Website (Offers western Blot): http://www.lifelabs.com/Lifelabs_ON/#
Warnex (offers type specific testing)
Did not get a call back, will update this section when I have information.
*Culture and Typing
*Non specific serology
(I need to reconfirm this as I can't find the paper I had NB's info written on ... yes, I'm a dinosaur)
*Culture and Typing only
*Type Specific Serology
*Culture and Sensitivity
No information yet. BUT they are such a small area that the STD clinic is only open 2 days a week and I keep forgetting to call.
Still figuring out who to call, will update soon.
Hoe eet jy 'n olifant? Bietjie vir bietjie.
(Translation from Afrikans: How do you eat an elephant? Bit by bit.)