Herpes 1&2 IgG Abs Blood Test
Test Code: 164099
Specimen Type: Blood
Herpes 1&2 IgG Abs Blood Test (Labcorp)
This test is used to screen for Herpes types 1 and 2. The Herpes 1&2 IgG test looks for antibodies that 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 STDs including HIV.
Herpes is one of the most common STDs 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 person is experiencing an outbreak.
Turnaround time for the Herpes 1&2 IgG test is typically 2-3 business days.
Where can I find a Herpes 1&2 IgG Abs Test near me?
Check our lab finder to locate a collection site in your area.
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 most people, this test will have the highest accuracy at 12 weeks from exposure or any time after. Some people may be detectable as early as 4 weeks from exposure.
In the event of a low positive or equivocal result for HSV 2, the lab recommends retesting in 4-6 weeks or consulting your physician.Herpes Overview