Monday, January 24, 2011

Thinking about XMRV testing, then read this first


The original blood test was $650 and not entirely accurate. We've been advising patients to hold off on testing if they can -- obviously, if you need a blood test NOW to submit proof you're legitimately disabled, that's one thing, but if you're just curious about your status, wait until the price comes down and the accuracy goes up.

If you plan to try anti-viral drugs, you'll have to have another test, to check your titers, just before you go on the drugs, and another later to verify whether the titers have gone down, so why spend $650 three times if you can get away with spending it only twice?

Rumor has it that a new, more accurate test will be available in the next few months. I don't know whether it's still going to cost $650 or if the price will go down a bit.

What do you get for your $650? A 45-day process in which the virus is grown ... Read more>>

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not sure why the poster said people needed 3 tests to start AV drugs.

Plenty of XMRV+ were already on AV drugs already, stopped and continued after their test.

Maybe they mean anti-retroiral drugs (ARV)? Once again XMRV+ are trying these straight after their test. No need to check titers unless it is a specific doctor that has this protocol.

There may be another test available in around June 2011 for VIP dx but they have constantly been revising their tests since the start. Dr Mikovits spoke about this newer faster test at the BWG.


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