This test is used to screen for Herpes type 1 and 2. The HerpeSelect® Immunoblot test is manufactured by the leading provider of Herpes testing worldwide and provides a high level of accuracy. This test looks for antibodies which are typically detectable from 4-12 weeks or later after exposure. These antibodies are present for the life of the person and will be detectable whether they are experiencing an outbreak or not. The Herpes 1&2 IgG Immunoblot test provides qualitative results for both forms of the Herpes Virus. Results will be either positive, negative, or in some cases, equivocal.
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.
The Herpes 1&2 IgG Immunoblot test is typically ordered as a screening by someone who:
Is concerned they may have had a remote Herpes exposure
Requires a test which can detect and differentiate both forms of the Herpes virus
Appreciates the extra confidence from ordering a HerpeSelect® product.
People who require a recent exposure Herpes test may wish to order the Herpes 1&2 IgM test.
Turnaround time for the Herpes 1&2 IgG Immunoblot test is typically 2-5 business days.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
For the majority of people, this test will have the highest accuracy at 12 weeks from an exposure or any time after. Some people may be detectable as early as 4 weeks from an exposure. For more information go to http://www.herpeselect.com/home.py.
This herpes testing does not have any special requirements.