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About Our HerpeSelect® Herpes Type 1 and Type 2 Tests
Note: Fasting is not required for this test.
This HerpeSelect® blood test is used to detect both Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2) by searching for antibodies to the the viruses. HSV-1 and HSV-2 both cause oral and genital herpes. These tests measure Immunoglobulin G (IgG), the most abundant type of antibody. IgG is found in all body fluids and protects against bacterial and viral infections.
The recommended minimum window period for this testing is:
- Herpes Type 1 & Herpes Type 2 Testing - 4 - 6 weeks post potential exposure
Herpes Simplex Viruses 1 is a common incurable sexually transmitted disease (STD). The Herpes Type-1 (HSV-1) strain typically occurs orally, but can also occur as genital herpes.
This test is used to confirm or rule out possible infection with herpes simplex type 1 virus. Once infected by HSV-1, it is possible for a patient to shed virus without the development of lesions (asymptomatic shedding).
Oral herpes symptoms include:
- Muscle aches
- Pain/Tingling/Burning/Itching at infection site
- Cold sores/Fever blisters
- Bumps/Pimple-like lesions
- Sore inside mouth/throat/nose
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Swollen/bleeding gums
Herpes Simplex Viruses 2 is a common incurable sexually transmitted disease (STD). Herpes Type-2 (HSV-2) typically occurs genitally, but can also be contracted orally.
This test is used to confirm or rule out possible infection with herpes simplex type 2 virus. Once infected by HSV, it is possible for a patient to shed virus without the development of lesions (asymptomatic shedding).
Genital herpes symptoms include:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Small blisters/sores on genitals/buttocks/upper thighs/rectal area or even inside urethra
- Itching/Tingling in genitals/anal region
- Painless red, raw/cracked area around genitals
Medically Reviewed by2019-03-12 - Written by HealthLabs Editorial Team.