Herpes Simplex Virus 2 Lab Test
Herpes 2 Blood Test
How to purchase a Herpes Simplex Virus 2 test
Herpes Simplex Virus 2 Lab Test
Herpes 2 Blood Test
How to purchase a Herpes Simplex Virus 2 test
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Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (IgG), Type-Specific Antibody (HerpeSelect)

Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (IgG), Type-Specific Antibody (HerpeSelect)

The primary methods of testing for the virus are the herpes culture and HSV DNA testing (PCR). Although it is not as sensitive, HSV antibody testing can be used to help diagnose an acute HSV infection if acute and convalescent blood samples are collected. The convalescent blood sample is collected several weeks after the acute sample, and 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/AIDS, for a previously contracted HSV infection.
Methodology
    Immunoassay
Clinical Significance
    Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is responsible for several clinically significant human viral diseases, with severity ranging from inapparent to fatal. Clinical manifestations include genital tract infections, neonatal herpes, meningo-encephalitis, keratoconjunctivitis, and gingivostomatitis. There are two HSV serotypes that are closely related antigenically. HSV type 2 is more commonly associated with genital tract and neonatal infections, while HSV type 1 is more commonly associated with infections of non-genital sites. Specific typing is not usually required for diagnosis or treatment.
Limitations
    Individuals infected with HSV may not exhibit detectable IgG antibody in the early stages of infection.
Herpes testing is used to:
    A herpes culture (or HSV DNA testing) may be ordered when someone has a blister or vesicle on their genitals.
    HSV DNA testing is ordered when a person has encephalitis that the doctor suspects may be caused by a virus.
    HSV testing may be ordered regularly when a pregnant woman has herpes. A mother and newborn may be tested for HSV when a baby shows signs of HSV infection, such as meningitis or skin lesions that could be caused by the herpes virus.
    HSV antibody testing is ordered primarily when someone is being screened for a previous exposure to HSV. Occasionally, acute and convalescent HSV antibody testing may be ordered when a current infection is suspected.
    A doctor may also order an HSV antibody test if someone has another STD and is at risk for the infection. Risk factors include having multiple sex partners, having a sex partner with herpes, being infected with HIV, or being at risk for HIV because the person is a man who has sex with men.
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