September 19, 2020 at 11:03 pm #712783 years maleParticipant
Thank you for your work
I am 57yr old male and have been suffering and researching for 3 years about HSV after being exposed to what I thought was HSV Sept. 2017. Situation: With a stripper for 5 minutes – she put my fingers inside her vagina for about 40 seconds and lathered my face with kisses for maybe 20 seconds twice. Turned out that this strip club is actually one of the worst brothels in Toronto with constant turnover . I’m not from Toronto.
Two days later my top lip began tingling with pressure. I also began feeling very nauseous with front flank pain. Later severe headache began and then intense fatigue . This lasted over 3 weeks . The lip symptoms were sense of tingling, pressure and raised slightly and darker in colour. It did not break open. The raised area subsided but the tingling became tingling, burning, itching , crawling through every nerve in my face. I would say felt like frost bite . I tested for every STI and HEP/HIV etc .
I tested in Canada ‘Combo HSV non type” 9 weeks , Elisa Type IGG at 15 weeks and Imminoblot IGG Type at 36 weeks. All negative ( no numbers ) Bad Dr support the entire time. 6 Derms refused consult , Nuero said ‘buy a bike’ ; The facial pain has really never gone away in 3 years . It stings itches burns, sense of wetness that can be wiped , and tingling daily. I would really like to get a WB Test I called UW but cant get kit sent to Canada. Lab will do the test and I got a DR request. But Lab wont do test without the kit. Michigan is 5 hour drive but with COVID -wont work. Need to rule out HSV-1 with WB. Also did get severe pain and deep ugly canker on finger that same exposure.
No swab in Canada unless it GHSV. My concern is nerve pain. I have immune system issues as well that may not be dampening the virus enough in the dormant state? Not sure what else it can be but its made me change relationship choices. I saw you respond to a person from Montreal this year help get WB – hoping I can find a way . Thank you
September 28, 2020 at 7:49 am #71318Terri WarrenKeymaster
UW will not send a kit to Canada. I have had people send kits to PO boxes in the US. Also, all you need is a single serum separator tube of blood drawn and spun and a lab requisition, which I can supply, if you can find a lab that will do the draw for you. Let me know if I can be of help.
November 4, 2020 at 11:40 am #716403 years maleParticipant
I have done some extensive homework over the last 3 years on HSV over the last 3 years much of which included covering many of the forum questions and answers you have provided. My thanks to you for this is unending .
In the last 2 months ( and since my last note to you ) I have worked with the U/W virology client support ( who are all amazing people ) and they offered a way to enable me to receive and return the Western Blot test kit.
I have had the test kit sent to me by the U/W via FED EX after I have generated the “shipping label” at my end and emailed the label and customs documents that the U/W will affix . They call for pick up . I created a Fed Ex account and paid the shipping . Our Canadian Labs ( Life Labs and Gamma Dyna Care ) located nationally will draw the blood and ship the kit back to U/W . BUT ONLY IF THERE IS A KIT .
They charge for the blood draw and shipping of course .My family Dr filled out the U/W lab request as well as making the LIFE LABS req. for lab ( to save time validating procedures – I had the DR make both requests. with no prob.)
The biggest issue with our Labs is that they will not do a test without a kit but they will 100% do the test . IF the kit could be made at home we would not need the kit actually sent from U/W There was no Fed Ex packaging including but the Lab had some extra and used that . The proper labeling for sample and packaging may be critical as well ??
My point with this is that you can absolutely tell Canadians now that W/B test kit can be sent to Canada . But Canadians MUST generate and pay for the shipping on their end. Fed Ex reps at 1-800 # are only ones that can help generate this/cannot be done in store. I had some shipping hiccups and I am waiting results but have paid the U/W charge via credit card over the phone.
I just want to help you help others by knowing that the test kit can be sent to Canada. Much to our relief . You can contact me for more details if needed
November 5, 2020 at 4:13 pm #71654Terri WarrenKeymaster
Thank you so much for that!
Also, because there is so much demand for the blot outside the US, I’ve asked for and received 5 kits from UW and can send them out with the lab requisitions once we’ve had a phone consult. So there now appears to be more than one way for Canadians to get the blot. That’s so great.
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