This test is used to screen for Herpes type 1 and 2. The Herpes 1&2 IgG test looks for antibodies which begin to develop 4-12 weeks after exposure and remain present for the life of the person infected.
Herpes is a viral infection spread by skin to skin contact, including during sexual activity. Herpes type 1 is more common and most often associated with oral herpes. Type 2 is less common and often associated with genital herpes. However, both forms of the virus can be spread to either area depending on the type of contact which results in infection. The most common symptom of Herpes infection is periodic outbreaks of sores around the infected area. However, it is not unusual for Herpes to display no symptoms for years at a time. The virus can be spread even if the infected person is not experiencing symptoms, 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 to avoid passing the infection during birth.
This test is highly accurate for a person who wishes to test for past exposure to the Herpes virus. It has a high level of accuracy regardless of whether the patient is experiencing an outbreak or not. Unlike a recent exposure IgM test, the Herpes 1&2 IgG test can differentiate between Herpes type 1 and 2 and provides a quantified numeric result.
Patients who require a recent exposure Herpes test may wish to order the Herpes 1&2 IgM test. Someone who is unsure which type of Herpes test is best for their situation can also order the Herpes Complete Package which contains the Herpes 1&2 IgM and IgG tests.
Turnaround time for the Herpes 1&2 IgG test is typically 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 Simplex Virus 1&2 IgG test after 12 weeks.
This herpes testing does not have any special requirements.Herpes Overview