This Test is used to screen for exposure to Herpes type 1 only. It looks for IgG antibodies which typically begin to develop around 4 weeks after exposure. In some cases, these antibodies may take up to 12 weeks to be detectable. The Herpes 1 IgG Abs test is highly accurate in screening for Herpes as it looks for antibodies which will last for the life of the infected person.
Herpes is a viral infection spread by skin to skin contact, including during sexual activity. Herpes 1 is the weaker, more common form of the Herpes virus. It is estimated that 80% of the adult population in the United States have Herpes 1. Herpes 1 is often associated with Oral Herpes or cold sores. However, both Herpes 1 and 2 are spread through skin to skin contact. It is possible to spread either from of the virus to the oral or genital area depending on the type of contact which results in infection. The most common symptom of Herpes is periodic outbreaks of sores or blisters around the infected area. However, in is not unusual for Herpes to display no symptoms for years at a time. Herpes can be spread even if the infected person is not experiencing an outbreak which is known as asymptomatic shedding. Chronic Herpes infections can cause damage to the nervous system and increase the likelihood of contracting other STD’s including HIV.
Herpes is one of the most common STD’s and testing is recommended for anyone who is sexually active. Pregnant women should seek Herpes testing as the infection can be spread to an infant during birth.
This test is ideal for patients who are only concerned about screening for Herpes type 1. Patients who require a recent exposure Herpes test may wish to order the Herpes 1&2 IgM test. A Herpes 2 IgG Abs test is available for patients who wish to test for just Herpes type 2. The Herpes 1&2 IgG test can be ordered by patients who require a test for both types of Herpes.
The Herpes 1 IgG Abs test typically sees results in 1-3 business days.
Some people may be detectable for a past exposure to herpes as soon as 4 weeks from a suspected contact although most of the population would be detectable with the Herpes 1 IgG Abs test after 12 weeks.
This Herpes 1 blood test does not have any special requirements.Herpes Overview