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I apologize if this isn't the correct forum for this.... but has anyone tried the western blot test before? I heard it's the gold standard for herpes testing and is the most accurate test on the market.


On the down side, I heard this test is hard to get because it's only available in Washington and you have to go through a lot to get this done if you don't live in Washington. 


Has anyone tried this test? 

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I recently did it. These are the steps, assuming you are in US:

1. Call U of W at 206-520-4600 and give them your address so they can ship you the WB kit. See details here: http://depts.washington.edu/herpes/pages/frequently_asked_questions#faqCat-4

2. Schedule a video consultation with Terri Warren at: https://www.westoverheights.com/hsv-video-consultations/ and ask her to send you a WB requisition. You can choose to use your own physician, if you have one, instead of Terri.

3. Replace the blank requisition form in the WB kit with the one you get from Terri. Make sure to fill in your name, DoB, address etc. details. You can also add a check to U of W for the WB test in the kit, or you can call them later to pay by credit card.

4. Go to FedEx and buy a prepaid label for overnight shipping to U of W (address is in the instructions in the kit). Get a FedEx shipping bag from there.

5. Go to your local Quest diagnostics, give the kit to the phlebotomist, explain that you need the blood to be drawn, spun, and shipped via FedEx. Make sure FedEx picks up samples from the lab daily. If not, you can carry the sample yourself back to FedEx.

6. U of W will fax the results to Terri (or your physician - whoever's name/fax was on the requisition) once they are ready. Terri will email them to you.

By the way, this question should be in this section: https://honeycomb.click/forum/18-herpes-tests-and-diagnosis/

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