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