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Herpes 1 and 2

Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus, or HSV. There are two types of HSV- HSV 1 and HSV 2.

HSV 1 typically causes oral herpes, which can result in sores on/around your mouth. These are sometimes called cold sores or fever blisters. Many people with oral herpes get it early in life through non-sexual contact with saliva.

HSV 2 is usually the cause of genital herpes, which is an STI (sexually transmitted infection). This can result in sores on the genitals. Some cases of genital herpes can also be caused by HSV 1.

Many people with herpes show little to no symptoms, so the best way to know if you have it is by testing for it. This test can tell you if you have HSV 1 or HSV 2. There is no cure for herpes, but outbreaks can be managed with medications.


Test Details

This test includes HSV 1 IgG and HSV 2 IgG.

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Am I required to fast?

No, you are not required to fast prior to the test.

What kind of sample is required?

A blood sample is required for the test.

How long will it take to get my results?

Results are typically available within 3-5 business days after the lab receives your sample.

Is a doctor’s order required?

Either we provide the doctor’s order for the lab test at no additional cost, or we accept your physician’s order.

Do I need to make an appointment?

No, you are welcome to walk in for same-day testing. We make it easy for you by offering work-friendly hours.

If I have questions about my results, who should I contact?

We recommend you share your results with your healthcare provider.