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    Lyme-like Disease & Advanced Pathogen DNA Blood test


    Do you have Lyme-disease like symptoms?

    At NIIM we have developed an new diagnostic technique involving microscopy and PCR-DNA analysis, which can help with the diagnosis of Borrelia and/or other infections in patients presenting with Lyme disease like symptoms.

    The NIIM Blood Test:

    Lyme-like Diseases & Advanced Pathogen DNA Blood Test

    Patients provide 10 ml of blood for

    Part 1: microscopy analysis

    Part 2 : PCR-DNA analysis of

    • Borrelia - all species
    • Rickettsia – all species
    • Babesia divergens group
    • Bartonella - all species, optional

    + Fungal/Mould infection - DNA sequencing

    What are the costs?

    The NIIM Pathogen Blood Test is done in 2 stages. Part 2 is optional in addition to Part 1.

    The costs for Part 1 (screening/ microscopy) are $850 plus $100 for overnight/interstate shipping, if required.

    The costs for Part 2 (PCR-DNA analysis) are $250 (from 20.2.17).


    To book an appointment for the NIIM Blood test

    Call the NIIM clinic on 03 9804 0646 and request the NIIM Pathogen Blood Test.


    Victoria Patients Form - Download Victorian NIIM Lyme Blood Test Request Form

    Interstate Patients Form - Download Interstate (Non-Victorian) NIIM Pathogen Blood Test Request Form


    NIIM houses a team of doctors experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme-like disease and its associated co infections at the NIIM Clinic in Hawthorn, Melbourne. Led by some of Australia’s leading experts in Lyme-like disease, Dr David Bird and Dr Rashmi Cabena, the NIIM team is committed to supporting and empowering patients affected by Lyme-like disease.

    Treatment is tailored specifically to meet patients’ individual needs in order to enhance the effectiveness of treatment while minimising adverse effects. NIIM utilises conventional treatments and complementary and adjunctive treatments such as

    • Herbal remedies and other natural supplements
    • Oral antibiotics
    • Hyperthermia treatment on site at the NIIM Clinic in Hawthorn, Melbourne. Hyperthermia may help patients to control symptoms of pain associated with Lyme-like disease. For information on Hyperthermia treatment, see Whole Body Hyperthermia
    • Intra-venous nutrients, including intra-venous vitamin C, see here for more information on NIIM’s IV Clinic
    • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
    • Musculoskeletal assessment and management

    NIIM doctors can assist you in making decisions about undergoing treatment for Lyme-like disease interstate in Australia, or overseas.


    NIIM is conducting research into the accurate and timely diagnosis of Lyme-like disease at the NIIM research laboratory in Hawthorn, Melbourne. Our current research trial involves innovative testing including DNA analysis to isolate and identify Borrelia bacteria or other infectious agents in patients, for more information or to get involved in the trial visit the NIIM Pathogen Blood Test incl Lyme & Mould.

    For more information:

    Contact Dr Karin Ried, Research Director and Principal Investigator
    P: 03 9912 9545