we will be starting a study involving people who live in the five states that don’t allow western blots to be run as standard send out tests probably by February 1st. If you email firstname.lastname@example.org, she can put you on a list of potential participants.
Yes, cold sores are likely somewhat less contagious when they are scabbed.
The cost of a western blot is about $200. It should be done at 16 weeks past potential exposure.