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Western blot test confusion
jjs44 posted:
I have tested positive for genital herpes and want to get the Western blot test. Could you please help me sort out which is the correct Western Blot test to order.

At the original Herpes Home page I found,

?Western Blot for herpes testing is now available through Quest Labs all across the US, if your doctor/clinic uses them for labs - test #34534.?

At QuestDiagnostics I found

HSV Western Blot (HSWB), Univ. of Washington Med. Center 34534N

CPT Code(s): 86694 -------------------------------------------------------- HSV WESTERN BLOT (HSWB) 34534

CPT Code(s): 86695, 86696

At the UW site, I downloaded the form for the Herpes Western blot. At the bottom of the form was CPT 84181.

I googled and found

86694. Antibody; herpes simplex, non-specific type test 86695. Antibody; herpes simplex, type 1 86696. Antibody; herpes simplex, type 2 84181. Protein; Western Blot, with interpretation and report, blood or other body fluid

In Good News about the Bad News, Terri Warren writes, "The Western blot looks at the individual proteins that make up the antibody to herpes, ...."

Two questions: 1. What is the correct test order with the >99% specificity? 2. How do i order that test from Quest?

Thanks so much for you patience and help.

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