TESTING & MEDS
USA/CA Testing & Medication Options
HASSLE FREE TESTING
(IN THE U.S.)
Stop fighting with doctors who won't give you/potential partners the correct test for HSV. It's the IGG blood test & it's accurate 4-6 months after contracting the virus. (Their website says HSV1 is oral and HSV2 is genital. This is not accurate, both types can be both locations. But they have the right test.)
1. Choose location
3. Schedule appointment, go in to get blood taken
4. Results in a few days!
You can also get the ACTUAL "everything" test here for $198 - same process, different company. (HSV1, HSV2, HIV1, HIV2, Hep A, Hep B, Hep C, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, & Syphilis)
Remember, when you insist on being tested for "everything" - you're still only probably being tested for HIV/syphilis (blood draws) and chlamydia/gonorrhea (urine samples). LOOK AT YOUR ACTUAL PAPERWORK RESULTS. GO PICK THEM UP. Thanks my loves.
Canada HSV TESTING
Any public Sexual Health Clinic will do an HSV swab test free of charge. Accurate within 48hrs of new outbreaks. These clinics also provide free of charge testing for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomonas and yeast infections. Your family doctor should also be providing all this at no cost. Yay Canada! As for the HSV blood test when no outbreak is present...
WHAT I'VE HEARD FROM REAL PEOPLE:
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Doctors will order the test when pushed to do so, some people had to pay, others not
ALBERTA: Public Sexual Health Clinics provided IGG blood test no problem (Calgary area) at no cost
SASKATCHEWAN: No problem getting the 10 panel STD test from primary care provider at no cost
MANITOBA: No problem getting the IGG test from primary care provider at no cost
ONTARIO: Public Sexual Health Clinics will NOT do the blood test. Only swabs of current outbreaks. People have had mixed luck with getting family doctors to do the blood test for them/order them a req for LifeLabs
LifeLabs (located in Toronto, ON and B.C.) does the IGG blood test for HSV. You do need a doctor's requisition to get it, I've attached an example pdf of what that lab req looks like. In section 3 your doc would write either:
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) IgG Immune Status or
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Virus Detection
First one is type specific test, second one is general HSV, not type specific.
Any doctor in any province/territory can send a form like this to LifeLabs. You may or may not have to pay out of pocket, I've heard of people getting it no problem for free, others who have had to ask around and paid $160 CAD for it. I don't know why some people get it free and others don't.
There's also this site with at home kits for HSV1 & 2 for $149...but I'd ask your doctor before spending ANY money! You might not have to!
The main thing is to talk to your doctor and insist they order this test. I have heard over and over that doctors say no at first, and when pushed, they will do it. Stick up for yourself, use your voice. You can do it. So can your (potential) partners.
Please email me and let me know your general location and where you successfully got tested! I'll update so everyone can be safe and sexy!
Access TO Meds
(US only - probably similar services where you live - let me know!)
If you do not have access to a doctor or meds for herpes outbreaks, you can order the anti-virals online from lemonaidhealth.com in a few easy steps:
2. Questionnaire (asks about medical/outbreak history, you need to provide ID)
3. Online consult with a real doctor (some states legally require this to be a video chat)
4. Get Prescription (Yes, you have to pay.)
5. Meds in the mail in a few business days!
PRICING varies. Below is for ONE TIME prescription. For daily suppression therapy, it's $50/3months.
*Below is an EXAMPLE of dosage and the doctor you speak with will help determine what is right for you specifically.
*This is not me telling you how much of anything you should take. This is me sharing an OPTION to accessing anti-virals.
ONLINE MEDICATIONS IN CANADA:
NURX is another online meds service! (U.S. only)
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