Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Type 2 Specific Antibodies Blood Test, IgG
The Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Type 2-Specific Antibodies, IgG, detects IgG antibodies specific to HSV type 2 to confirm or rule out the possibility of infection.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Type 2-Specific Antibodies Blood Test, IgG, which detects and measures HSV Type 2 IgG antibodies to confirm the diagnosis of herpes infection. Herpes is a viral infection caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), leading to outbreaks of sores or blisters on various body parts. Typically, HSV type 2 causes genital herpes, resulting in blisters and sores on the genitals. The infection spreads through direct skin-to-skin or sexual contact with these sores. The virus can still be transmitted even when there are no visible sores. Herpes can also be passed on during fetal development or childbirth from a parent to a child. Therefore, it is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
After the first infection, the herpes simplex virus (HSV) can remain inactive in the body. However, it can become active again at any time, leading to symptoms of genital or oral herpes. The cause of an outbreak is often unclear, but it may be triggered by factors such as fever, stress, physical injury, or a weakened immune system.
When should I order a Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) 2-Specific Antibodies Blood Test, IgG?
Individuals may order this product if they are showing signs of HSV, have a sexual partner who has been diagnosed with herpes, HIV, another STD, or need to undergo an initial screening, confirmation, and continuous monitoring. It is worth noting that some individuals who have contracted HSV may not experience any symptoms until two to twenty days after the initial infection. The initial signs and symptoms of an HSV infection may include:
- Small sores on the skin
- Blisters around the mouth or lips and on the genitals
- Tingling, itching, or burning on the skin
- Fever, headache, or body aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Less commonly, encephalitis or meningitis, life-threatening brain, and spinal cord infections
Contact your doctor or healthcare provider with concerns or questions about your recent lab results.
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