Herpes Testing – HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS I/II, IGG (HSV I/II)
The test screens for:
1. Herpes Simplex Virus 1
2. Herpes Simplex Virus 2
3. Antibody IgG
There are two types of herpes – Simplex Virus 1 (HSV‐1) and Simplex Virus 2 (HSV‐2). HSV 1 is very common (70% of people are infected) and they usually come into contact with the virus from an oral infection as a child.
HSV 1 = Oral herpes.
HSV 2 = Genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease.
The Herpes Simplex Virus I/II, IgG Test measures the level of IgG antibodies (your body’s immune response to the virus) in your blood. It is an accurate blood test because it tells you which virus the IgG antibodies are responding to. In other words, this test will tell you if you are positive for HSV 1 or HSV 2.
WHY DO I NEED IT?:
Many of those infected are unaware they have it. If you’ve had unprotected sex (including oral) with an infected person, or someone you suspect is infected, you may have been infected. It may take up to 3 months after a possible infection for HSV to show up in blood work. In addition, some scientific evidence suggests that people with HSV are more likely to contract HIV and other serious sexually transmitted diseases. That’s why we offer a Comprehensive STD Panel.
OTHER RELEVANT TESTS:
If you’re considering getting the Herpes Simplex Virus I/II, IgG, you might want to consider the Comprehensive STD Panel, a higher value panel that tests for several STDs including Herpes Virus I and II.
Normal ranges are listed as negative and mean that you have not been infected with the virus.
HIGH RESULTS INDICATE:
Positive results indicate that you have been infected with HSV recently or in the past. Herpes can stay dormant and not cause any symptoms, but this does not mean that you cannot infect your partner(s). This test will not indicate it the virus is active or not.
LOW RESULTS INDICATE:
There are no low results with this test.
WHAT TYPE OF PHYSICIAN SHOULD YOU SEE?
If you have a positive test result, you should see your primary care physician for treatment. You can also utilize our Herpes HSV information form.