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HerpeSelect® Herpes Type 1 and Type 2 Tests

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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.


Herpes Simplex Viruses 1 is a common incurable sexually transmitted disease (STD). Herpes Type-1 (HSV-1) typically causes oral herpes, but can also cause 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). The oral herpes virus can cause genital herpes.



Oral herpes symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle aches
  • Irritability
  • 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 causes genital herpes, but can also be contracted orally as oral herpes.

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
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • 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
  • Backache

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