Is there a way to verify that someone has had malaria? I had symptoms that were treated with only 10 days of proper 14 days prescription and had a relapse a year later. Have felt weak and keep my drinking to a very light level as a result. Is there test that can be taken to verify having/had plasmodium vivax?
The best way to test for relapsing malaria (i.e. Plasmodium vivax or Plasmodium ovale) is via a blood test while you are experiencing a recurrence of symptoms. Symptoms are associated with the parasite re-entering the blood, and so at this point, they can be visualized on a blood film, or their proteins detecting using a rapid diagnostic test. Other than that, you could also investigate having a serological test done (some forms of these tests are called ELISAs, standing for enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay).
These test for antibodies to specific proteins associated with malaria, and so can be designed to test for a particular strain, such as P. vivax. As antibodies can persist in the blood for weeks or even months after the initial infection has cleared, this could be a way for you to determine whether you had P. vivax without waiting for another relapse. This paper describes the development of a P. vivax-specific serological assay, though I am not sure whether such a test is commercially available as of yet.
If you are diagnosed with Plasmodium vivax, you should ask your doctor about the possibility of taking primaquine to kill the dormant liver stages and prevent future relapse. Primaquine is not recommended for people with G6DP deficiency, so you should be tested for this before taking the medication.