Herpes Screening
Herpes Screening Lab Test
How to purchase a Herpes Screening Lab Test
Herpes Screening
Herpes Screening Lab Test
How to purchase a Herpes Screening Lab Test
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Herpes Screening W/ Chlamydia & Gonorrhea

Herpes Screening W/ Chlamydia & Gonorrhea

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HSV antibody testing detects immune proteins that the body produces in response to a herpes infection. The body produces two classes of antibody. It begins to produce the IgM class antibody of several days after a primary (initial) HSV infection and these antibodies may be detectable in the blood for several weeks. It then begins to produce HSV IgG antibody after HSV IgM. IgG levels rise for several weeks, slowly decline, and then stabilize in the blood. Once someone has been infected with HSV, that person will continue to produce small quantities of HSV IgG.

HSV antibody testing can detect both viral types (HSV-1 and HSV-2) and tests are available that can detect the early IgM antibodies as well as the IgG antibodies that remain forever in those who have been exposed.

Although it is not as sensitive as PCR or culture, HSV antibody testing can be used to help diagnose an acute HSV infection if blood samples are collected several weeks apart (acute and convalescent samples). The HSV IgG antibody levels are compared to see if they have risen significantly, indicating a current infection.

Antibody testing may also be used to screen certain populations, such as sexually active people, potential organ transplant recipients, and those with HIV infection, for a previously contracted HSV infection.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend screening for herpes in the general population. However, it may be useful in testing those at increased risk, such as:

  • People with recurrent genital sores or atypical symptoms who have negative results on HSV PCR or culture
  • People who have been diagnosed clinically with genital herpes but laboratory tests have not confirmed it
  • People who have a sex partner with genital herpes
  • People who are being test for other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), especially if they have multiple sex partners
  • People diagnosed with HIV infection
  • Men who have sex with men, who are at increased risk for HIV infection
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