Free Lyme culture test for certain states - for research
Posted Jan 18 2013 7:17pm
Let me first start with a fun fact I got today from my CFS doc during my appointment:
60-70% of the patients that come to him with CFS and Fibromyalgia turn out to have Lyme disease.
Quite a shocker, let me tell you.
Which leads me to...saw this article about how Advanced Laboratory Services are starting a research trial to create a faster, cheaper Lyme culture (faster than the $600 test that takes up to 3 months that they currently have). They run your sample through both the full, well-established test, and through the new methods as part of the research study free-of-charge. Someone else posted on the forum where I saw the article that only certain states qualify (i.e. your doctor has to be registered in that state) for the research trials:
CA, CT, FL, IA, MD, MA, MN, NH, NJ, OR, PA, UT, VA, VT and W
and they're still in the process of sorting everything out, the testing hasn't begun yet.
The first step seems to be to have your doctor fill out a form and contact Advances Lab Services. From the article:
Regular collection kits can be ordered by practitioners online by clicking on “Order Kits” (tab at top right). Click here for website. Research kits will only be sent after a practitioner has registered with the lab and each patient has been pre-qualified – there is a form that the lab will provide to interested practitioners. Practitioners can email the lab at .
Advanced Labs will only talk to doctor's offices, so it won't do to talk to them.