This Test is used to screen for exposure to Herpes type 2 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 2 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 2 is the stronger, less common form of the Herpes virus. It is estimated that 1 in 6 people between the ages of 14 and 49 have type 2 Herpes. Herpes 2 is often associated with Genital Herpes. 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 people who are only concerned about screening for Herpes type 2. People who require a recent exposure Herpes test may wish to order the Herpes 1&2 IgM test. A Herpes 1 IgG Abs test is available for people who wish to test for just Herpes type 1. The Herpes 1&2 IgG test can be ordered by people who require a test for both types of Herpes.
The Herpes 2 IgG Abs test typically sees results in 1-3 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.
This herpes 2 blood test does not have any special requirements.Herpes Overview
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