Herpes 2 IgG Abs Blood Test
Test Code: 164098
Specimen Type: Blood
Herpes 2 IgG Abs Blood Test (Quest)
This Test is used to look for antibodies to the virus that causes Herpes (HSV) type 2. HSV blood testing looks for IgG antibodies that typically begin to develop between 4-12 weeks after exposure. Once IgG antibodies develop, they are usually detectable indefinitely. The presence of IgG antibodies can indicate past exposure to the herpes virus but cannot determine when that infection occurred. HSV IgG blood testing is not intended to look for an active infection.
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 form 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, it 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 STDs including HIV.
Herpes testing is recommended for anyone who is at risk of HSV infection including those who have a current or past partner that has tested positive for genital herpes. Pregnant women should seek Herpes testing as the infection can be spread to an infant during birth.
If you are currently experiencing symptoms of a herpes outbreak for the first time, note that IgG antibodies may not be detectable until 4-6 weeks after symptoms have resolved. Testing too early may result in a false-negative result. You can also consult your doctor during an outbreak. Medications are available that can help resolve an outbreak sooner.
Request A Test also offers the Herpes 1&2 IgG test that looks for antibodies to both forms of the herpes virus.
The Herpes 2 IgG Abs test typically sees results in 2-3 business days.
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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