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airwaves
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"HSV and living in Canada"
 
LAST EDITED ON Sep-02-08 AT 05:09 PM (CDT)
 
I hope to include as much information as possible for canadian citizens in this thread to help them with HSV and living in Canada.

Request an IgG Type Specific blood test from your doctor.

Your doctor may not approve or tell you reasons why there is no point in having an IgG test done. My doctor visually diagnosed me with HSV 6 years ago, but I have never been certain if the visual diagnosis I had was 100% accurate. The Dr. still said "sure you can have the IgG and it will probably come back as HSV+ but atleast you will know the type."

Second, the doctor may tell you that there is a cost to the test. This is 100% incorrect. OHIP in Ontario covers the test 100%. The doctor and the lab both confirmed that the test is free.

While you are having a IgG test, request a test for other STD's.

Other STD's you can have tests for include, Syphillus, Hep B, Hep C, Gonorrhea, HIV and Chlamydia (pee in a cup). These are all free and can help give you piece of mind. Typical turn around time for test results are 3-5 days.

Doctor's in Canada do not always know a lot about HSV.

If your doctor does not know enough about HSV or another type of STD then please ask for a referral or go to Health Clinic and ask someone who is more specialized.

Generally speaking Doctor's who treat HIV patients have more experience with HSV as a lot of people who have contracted HIV also have HSV.

I will ad more as I come across specific Canadian information


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HSV and living in Canada [View All] airwaves Sep-02-08 TOP
  RE: HSV and living in Canada muffinadmin Sep-02-08 1
  RE: HSV and living in Canada gfcadmin Sep-02-08 2
     RE: HSV and living in Canada airwaves Sep-02-08 3
         RE: HSV and living in Canada gfcadmin Sep-07-08 4
             RE: HSV and living in Canada airwaves Sep-07-08 5
                 RE: HSV and living in Canada zealander Sep-08-08 6
                     RE: HSV and living in Canada airwaves Sep-28-08 7
                         RE: HSV and living in Canada graceadmin Sep-29-08 8
  RE: HSV and living in Canada janetplanet1 Sep-29-08 9
     RE: HSV and living in Canada airwaves Sep-29-08 10
         RE: HSV and living in Canada airwaves Oct-01-08 11
             RE: HSV and living in Canada C16679admin Oct-01-08 12
                 RE: HSV and living in Canada airwaves Oct-01-08 13
                     RE: HSV and living in Canada Landlover Oct-02-08 14
                         RE: HSV and living in Canada airwaves Oct-02-08 15
  RE: HSV and living in Canada starrattadmin Oct-02-08 16
     RE: HSV and living in Canada airwaves Dec-10-08 17
         RE: HSV and living in Canada starrattadmin Dec-10-08 18
             RE: HSV and living in Canada Angelika Dec-11-08 19
                 RE: HSV and living in Canada airwaves Dec-11-08 20
                     RE: HSV and living in Canada muffinadmin Dec-20-08 21
                         RE: HSV and living in Canada airwaves Dec-21-08 22

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muffinadmin
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1. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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Thank you airwaves! I know our Canadian friends have one heck of a time getting type specific blood tests.

If you know the names of any locations or physicians who do offer it, please email or pm me so we can add it to the Doctor List and make the process a little easier for the next guy.

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2. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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   Wow - thanks for posting airwaves. I'm particularly shocked to hear that OHIP covers a type-specific blood test, I've been told by sexual health clinics as well as multiple doctors that you have to pay out of pocket for the test. Can you post the name of the lab that confirmed that info for you! I'm in a position to spread that info to a whole crowd of people for whom cost is a major issue - so that would be super!
Many thanks!
-gfc


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airwaves
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3. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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GFC sure, let me just triple check to make sure. The lab and my doctor both said no cost at all, and they looked at me as if I was stupid for asking that. I was certain it was IgG I asked multiple times. I just want to make sure I don't get some weird bill in the mail and have people get mad at me.. give me 3-5 days!


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4. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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   Bumpity bump... any news airwaves?


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airwaves
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5. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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Hi GFC, still waiting on lab results, I am guessing by Tuesday or Wednesday at the absolute latest.

I can send you the lab in private if you would like? I am not really into divulging that info on a specific thread tied to myself . Once confirmed officially that I don't have to pay anything we can post it up and you can send it to your friends.

Again, the doctor and lab both confirmed to me that there is no charge to me at all, I just want to make sure from the horse's mouth


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6. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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   yay... I definitely want to know about this topic, as I am thinking about relocating to Canada!


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7. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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Well..

still no official results from all my tests, they say they will call me if anything comes up, and then i said that I am expecting something to, then they told me to call this week, which i did, and they were busy and/or off early on fridays, go figure?

So I will call back again this week and check some more.

As of right now it appears the IgG is still 100% free, in another week when I am back to the internet again, I will send the information through PM so we can add this laboratory/doktar to the list.


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8. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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Great - the more providers we can get the better for folks!

grace

The first step in stopping the perceived stigma about genital herpes - is to stop believing in it yourself


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9. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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   I attempted to track down a lab that is able to do the test in my city in Ontario Canada and managed to find one. I haven't spoken to my doctor about it yet but was advised by the lab that it was not covered and it would cost me $120.

My next step will be to convince my doctor that I need it, even if I have to pay for it out of pocket.

I'm quite certain I have GHSV1, but I'd still like the test anyways.

Janet


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10. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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My lab had never heard of a cost and thought I was from a different planet when I asked them?

Odd.


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11. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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So.. I got my results.

Turns out the following:

Chlamydia Negative
Syph Negative
Hep C Negative
HIV Negative

and the drumroll please...

HSV ... negative.


You must be thinking what I was thinking. "Are you sure the results are right, its for HSV right? you have my name right? Can i see the results".

It turns out ive been negative and for the past 6 years I assumed after a doctor's visual diagnosis that I was positive for having HSV.

So ya.. I don't know what else right now.

The tests were all free within Ontario and I let GFC know which lab and doctor I used.

Any questions please ask, I am still letting this all sink in.

AW.


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12. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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   Wow. I feel like we're having a run on negative test results for people thinking they have Herpes.

Congrats on the negative! (that was type-specific and you're negative for both types?)

Hope you'll still stick around and visit when you can!

C.


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13. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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Im not going anywhere. Don't you worry.


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14. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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AW, I am so happy for you.

(Not that I don't love the rest of us H pos folks)

I feel terrible for any loneliness this may have caused you in the past, but hope that your burden is lighter from here.

You never know, you are now armed with more infomation than most people on the planet, and there is no-telling who you may bless with the wisdom you have gained. About H, love and life.

And glad to see you still around....


Define "Brains"


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15. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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Thanks LL

Not having HSV or having HSV should not effect how a person feels about their self worth or anything else around themselves, unfortunately.. what brought me to this website was HPV not HSV.

But having one and/or the other off my mind has made me be able to breath just a bit easier.


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16. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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Airwaves -

First congratulations on the negative result.

As an Adendum:

IN ALBERTA
Igg type specific testing(I believe it is actually the western blott you can get here) is covered, however, before health care will cover it you have to get a non-specific Igg/Igm test to confirm there is something to type.

It boils down to cost (the Igg/Igm test is substantially cheaper). So although there is a certain amount of hoop jumping, it can be done.

Be well,
Lorraine

Hoe eet jy 'n olifant? Bietjie vir bietjie.
(Translation from Afrikaans: How do you eat an elephant? Bit by bit.)


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17. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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LAST EDITED ON Dec-10-08 AT 06:59 PM (CST)
 
Keeping this thread near the top.

Having a type specific HSV test in Ontario is free and you have the right to be tested.


Thanks so much for adding to this thread starratt


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18. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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I have not polled province by province what is covered, but in Alberta the routine for getting a type specific IGG is as follows:

1. Your doctor will want to do a non type-specific IGG/IGM test first. Agree to this, if it comes back positive your doctor will then have the necessary "evidence" to justify the type specific test.

2. In Alberta IGG type specific is covered by health care (however this has only changed in the past few years).

Because what is covered varies from province-to-province, the rigamarole may vary and there may be a cost for type specific IGG testing in some provinces.

My suggestion to anybody whose doctor is telling them the test is not covered is to call up your local STD clinic and ask them. They will know what is covered, what you have to go through to arrange testing, which labs do which testing, and can probably even give you copies of forms to take to your doctor if need be.

Like any other country, Canada has some excellent doctors when it comes to herpes and few that could (to put it gently) brush up on their facts.

Be well,
Lorraine

Hoe eet jy 'n olifant? Bietjie vir bietjie.
(Translation from Afrikaans: How do you eat an elephant? Bit by bit.)


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19. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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   anyone has any idea why there is such an issue with herpes blood tests in canada? i understand that b/c of universal healthcare every procedure has to be approved and justified but I don't understand why people can't just get tests they want when they are willing to pay out of pocket.

Who among mortals may boast himself born with a fortune beyond reach of harm? - Aeschylus


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20. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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angelika

where I live, the Doctor has mentioned that he maybe sees two people out of the entire year with HSV infections. I know the statistics, and all of that, however it is such a minor concern to him that he couldnt figure out why I wanted to be tested.

Once I explained he said yes, sure, lets go for the test, once you get it back it will confirm your positive, and thats fine. He wasn't mad, just didn't see why I needed a test. Whoa and behold, it came back negative. I think he may think twice in the future

I just think that around my area no one see's HSV as being very prevalent, some doctors know a lot about it, some dont. I haven't heard of anyone being refused personally around here though.

-AW


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21. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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A poster was kind enough to share that she had a positive experience with the Halton Health department:

http://www.halton.ca/Health/services/sexualhealth/sexual_health_clinics.htm#burlington

Lakeside Centre for Health
Lakeside Shopping Village
5353 Lakeshore Road get directions
Hours of operation:

Mondays: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: 1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays (alternating, call 905-825-6065 to verify hours)
1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

They do swabs of lesions. It looks like a blood test is available for $150.

There are also 3 other locations: Acton, Georgetown & Milton.

muffin ~ GHSV1 since 1986

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22. "RE: HSV and living in Canada"
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Thanks so much for posting Muffin


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