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      #173950 - 02/07/06 04:20 PM

Don't know how it works in the States or elsewhere (I am in Canada). Hubby and I phoned around to see what our options were in terms of testing. Either we go to a publicly funded clinic and get a free test (results in 1 month !), go to the clinic and pay $45 and shorten the waiting time (they can't say by how much--great!). The third option is a private lab that will perform the blood test and give us the results within 2 days $200 but we think it is worth it. I suppose in the end, the quality of the result is all the same.. What do you think??

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      #173952 - 02/07/06 04:37 PM

I'm sure the quality of the tests are all the same, what you are dealing with is the politics of HIV/aids, everyone has thier own set of numbers, whether it be in pricing, how long ya wait for results, or anything else. Home Access testing may be an option for you, the results come back in a reasonable amount of time. No matter which way ya go you are gonna be made to wait on results, its just a matter now, of how much ya wanna spend on testing... Good Luck & God Bless*

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      #173973 - 02/07/06 05:35 PM

I'm not sure which province you are in. If you are in BC, by any chance & in Van, the provincial lab's turn around time is about 10 days, providing you go to an STD clinic. It could be a few days more via a doctor's office. You can always call earlier to see if your results are ready.

Also in BC, you can take your requisite from your doctor to a BCbiomedical lab. They charge $35 for their in-house test (rather than collecting the blood and forwarding it to the provincial lab). The results are available within a day or 2 days. The test is very accurate, as they used a new third generation test that just came on the market with excellent sensitivity. They also do the testing for US visa applicants, hence the required accuracy & quick turn around time.

Best of luck.

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      #174092 - 02/08/06 10:43 AM

funded clinic and get a free test (results in 1 month !), go to the clinic and pay $45 and shorten the waiting time (they can't say by how much--great!). <,

Ahh yes and so many brain dead liberals what this health care sysyem in the U.S. Just think how long the line is to get a heart transplant by a third world Doctor. Gheee here in the states it takes twenty min. and off you go with your HIV results.

Good luck but please keep your so-called FREE health care system up there.

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      #174126 - 02/08/06 12:36 PM

The Canadian system, despite its kinks, is actually quite good, particulalry with respect to HIV. Access to the best Infectious disease specialists is free, all blood work is free, and all meds are free. You don't need any insurance or extended health.

With respect to the tests, they don't necessarily take a month. It is just that some people live in rural areas, far from the provincial labs, and sometimes tests are batched for economical reasons. A doctor can request a STAT test if there is a real concern for infection -- ie known exposure & symptoms & results can be available within a few days. Plus some of the hospitals that cater to urban populations have their own labs where testing is quite fast. Pesonall, I don't know anyone who has had to wait more than 7-10 days for results, even though longer wait times are often quoted.

Most HIV antibody tests are done at the provincial lab as opposed to private ones for quality control reasons, and because it is the only facility capable of performing Western Blot tests to confirm a positive Elisa. The latter is because of both efficacy and contact tracing puproses (HIV is reportable in Canada, although some STD clinics do offer 'anonymous' testing to high risk populations).

We also offered the rapid tests here until 2002-03 or so, however, they were pulled because of a few false negatives after the window period. It simply was not acceptable from a public health perspective.

Since most areas in the country don't have high breakouts of HIV with the exception of the areas within the big cities (of which there are only a handful), the 20 minute tests are not really necessary deemed necessary .Besides, if someone were to test positive with a rapid test or via a private lab, then they would need a confirming Western Blot test anyway. Hence, the CDC's sentiment seems to be that it is better to just quote a longer wait time & do the tests at the prov. lab as opposed to someone having to deal with false positives (or negatives).

Notably, a Canadian company has recently come-up with a third generation rapid test called the insti-test. It took 13 years to develop in conjunction with one of the centres for Excellence in HIV and AIDS, and its sensitivity is apparently excellent. The goal of the developer, Biolytical , is to market it to physicians in the country and around the world. It is a cost effect way of testing too, as one test is only $7. However, to the chagrin of some, CDC STD clinics (at least in BC) do not plan on carrying it any time soon for the reasons cited above. Most doctors offices are not carrying it either (at least yet) because of the pre & post counselling that is mandatory with rapid testing.

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