I am trying to make sense of the many posts on Valtrex, Famvir, etc. in light of this, and similar, post - Discovery could lead to faster diagnosis for some chronic fatigue syndrome cases. Some contributors seem to take Valtrex, Famvir, etc. based on symptoms presented to a doctor and doctor's Rx without lab testing, some seem to indicate an "EBV test" and doctor's Rx, others seem to have self-prescribed via the Internet. Are the "EBV tests" being done, the "standard" Epstein-Barr Virus Antibodies test or are there other EBV tests being conducted when contributors mention an EBV test? According to much of the info in Discovery could lead to faster diagnosis for some chronic fatigue syndrome cases, the "standard" Epstein-Barr Virus Antibodies do not seem to be the definitive guide as to treatment, but they do seem to be the definitive guide for many (most) medical professionals. Given the high cost of seeing doctors, especially CFS specialists, it may be beneficial if we are better informed to know what to ask for. It may reduce the number of appointments and time in therapeutic trials if we were able to "guide" the doctors down the right path. If looking at the viral paradigm toward a solution, in addition to specific EBV tests (which would be?), should we also be asking for CMV tests? Is there anything else? I would rather do a bunch of tests at once, from one doctor or clinic, and get a baseline than running around to a bunch of doctors pleading my case and getting some tests with one and some tests with another.