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what is the best type of blood test to request?  is there a specific lab that has a better test?

thank you
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The very best test is the Western Blot from the University of Washington. Your doctor can order it for you, by calling the number on this page:

http://depts.washington.edu/herpes/faq.php#faqCat-4

However, it will be a little more costly and will take a little longer for results. The next best is the IgG, but the HerpeSelect ELISA, which is the one mostly used, has been discovered to have problems in recent years. I hope this helps.
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Thank you for your response.  I am on Valtrex suppressant therapy.  Can I take the tests while on valtrex?  or how long do I need to be off med?

Thanks so much
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Why are you taking Valtrex? What are your symptoms? Did you have a breakout swabbed?
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Fleetwood ~ we spoke back in the fall.  I'm on valtrex for suppressant tx since new relationship.  I think I need confirmation of exactly what I have since dx'd so long ago and I don't have the copies of the tests.  
I have not had any out breaks since first one.  Maybe couple instances of infections/itching but not sores.  And so, so long ago.  
Just trying to figure out how to deal with this in new relationship.  

Can I do the tests while on valtrex?

either western blot or IgG

Thanks again
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