There are two types of herpes – Simplex Virus 1 (HSV‐1) and Simplex Virus 2 (HSV‐2). HSV 1 is very common (70% of people are infected) and they usually come into contact with the virus from an oral infection as a child.
HSV 1 = Oral herpes.
HSV 2 = Genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease.
The Herpes Simplex Virus I/II, IgG Test measures the level of IgG antibodies (your body’s immune response to the virus) in your blood. It is an accurate blood test because it tells you which virus the IgG antibodies are responding to. In other words, this test will tell you if you are positive for HSV 1 or HSV 2.
The HSV I/II lab test screens for:
- Herpes Simplex Virus 1
- Herpes Simplex Virus 2
- Antibody IgG