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Western Blot test in Australia

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Hi all,

I am in NSW Australia. I had a blood test back in April and it came back positive for HSV2. I have never had an outbreak (lucky me) but this means everything to me because my partner is not HSV+ and I want to protect her. So I'm trying to get confirmation that I have it. ...
So I recently asked a sexual health physician about getting a Western Blot test. I went to Vincent's hospital for it and they took my blood. But when I got the results back, my physician told me they had stopped doing the Western Blot test here because the blood tests were so good.

So I have 2 questions. Firstly, has the blood test become very reliable recently? I was under the impression it was not that great.

Secondly, and most importantly, does anyone know of a way I can get a Western BLot test in Australia. Can I ship a test to the US? Are any other states in Australia still doing Western Blot?


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Hi, a little update on this.
I recently found a place in Australia to do a Western Blot test  so I contacted my previous pysician (mentioned above) and asked fro a reference. She came back to me and said, oh St Vincents do do the Western Blot and I have your results from September!?!?😡

Anyway, so my result merely said HSV2 positive for antibodies.

I thought the Western Blot test gave more information than this. That was why I wanted it, to get a number that might indicate how transmissable I am. Or something.
Or am I misunderstanding what the Western Blot test can do?

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