The Herpes test is a blood test to detect the presence of antibodies produced when a person is infected with the Herpes virus. There are two different strains of the Herpes virus. Our test can confirm the presence of either Herpes virus. There is no swabbing necessary, just a simple blood sample. The test, sometimes called a Herpes IgG test, can tell the difference between the two strains of the virus and let you know which, if any, you may have contracted. While this test is very accurate, there can sometimes be a false negative if taken too early. Normally, antibodies become present in the blood somewhere between 2 weeks and 6 months after the infection occurs. That means that if the test comes back negative, it is very important to get retested at a later date to ensure that the results are accurate.
Herpes Testing Information
How is Herpes transmitted?
There are two different types of Herpes; HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both strains can be spread through intercourse or from skin-to-skin contact.
Is there a treatment for Herpes?
While there is no cure for Herpes, there are treatments available to help with symptoms. These antiviral medications can help lessen the symptoms of herpes, and sometimes slow the progression of the infection. They have even been known to help reduce the number of outbreaks when used properly.
Can I be infected with both strains of the Herpes virus?
Yes. While you are less likely to contract another strain of Herpes if already infected with one, it is still possible to obtain the other strain, either HSV-1 or HSV-2.