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Herpes Type Specific Immunoblot Test by ELISA/IFA

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About Our Herpes Type Specific Immunoblot Test by ELISA/IFA

Note: Fasting is not required for this test.

The Herpes Type Specific Immunoblot Test by ELISA/IFA is used to detect both HSV-1 and HSV-2 by searching for antibodies to the the viruses and also determines if there is an active infection.

Herpes Simplex Viruses 1 & 2 are both common incurable sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Herpes Type-1 (HSV-1) typically causes oral herpes, and Herpes Type-2 (HSV-2) usually causes genital herpes. However, either virus can be contracted orally or genitally, so HSV-1 infections can occur on the genitals and HSV-2 infections can occur on or near the mouth. This ELISA/IFA blood test seeks out IgG antibodies to the HSV-1 and HSV-2 viruses.

This test is used to differentiate between the two types of herpes' antibodies, so that the type of herpes (oral or genital) is known, and to determine if there is currently an active infection of either virus.


Oral herpes symptoms can 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

Genital herpes symptoms can 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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