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 patient 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:
Patients 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.
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 Immunoblot test after 12 weeks. For more information go to www.herpeselect.com.
This herpes testing does not have any special requirements.Herpes Overview