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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 the specific antibodies to these two viruses. It 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 herpes strains.

This blood test is used to differentiate between the two types of herpes' antibodies, so that the strain of herpes (type-1 or type-2) is known. The recommended minimum window period for this specific testing is 2 weeks post potential exposure.


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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