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HSV 1/2 Early Detection (IgG + IgM)


The HSV 1/2 Early Detection (IgG + IgM) test is designed to determine if you’ve contracted HSV-1 or HSV-2 within an earlier time frame. Typically HSV-1 is associated with oral herpes (or cold sores) and HSV-2 associated with genital herpes, although either strain can appear on either bodily region. Both oral and genital herpes are extremely common and are spread by coming into contact with another person’s open sores. Transmission is not exclusive to sexual intercourse or contact. In fact, many people contract HSV-1 as children after being kissed innocently by a well-intentioned relative. There is currently no cure for either HSV-1 or HSV-2, but both can be treated early with the use of this HSV 1/2 Early Detection (IgG + IgM) test, and your physician will be able to discuss the right treatment options for you.

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How Does Our HSV 1/2 Early Detection (IgG + IgM) Test Work?

When you want answers quickly without waiting for an appointment opening up with a doctor, purchase our HSV 1/2 Early Detection Test with Priority Lab Testing and get your results in a matter of days. Simply add the HSV 1/2 Early Detection Test to your cart, complete your purchase, and you can then head to one of our thousands of lab locations at your earliest convenience.

There is no fasting or special preparation necessary for this test. When you come in, it will take just a few minutes for a lab specialist to draw your blood and send the sample for analysis. After you complete the test, you can expect to receive notice of the results in 24-72 hours.

Who Should You Get the HSV 1/2 Early Detection (IgG + IgM) Test?

If you have signs of a potential HSV infection or believe you have been exposed through another person, you should purchase a test to determine whether the virus is present in your body. HSV 1 most often causes oral symptoms and signs such as blisters in and around the mouth area but can also result in genital blisters or sores. HSV 2 is often referred to as genital herpes1 and primarily involves symptoms in the genital area.

HSV 1/2 is not usually a serious medical matter but does require attention as it can be very uncomfortable and is easily transmissible to others.

Common symptoms of the herpes virus include:

  • Sores in and around the mouth that come and go
  • Sores or blisters in the genital area
  • Pain and itching sensation in your genitalia
  • Discomfort or pain when urinating
  • Flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, fever, chills and body aches

How To Interpret Your HSV 1/2 Early Detection (IgG + IgM) Test Results?

The HSV 1/2 Early Detection Test will analyze whether antibodies to HSV 1 or 2 are present in your blood. Your results will indicate whether your sample is positive or negative for antibodies. The results will break down each of the strains separately, as well as the test for IgG antibodies and IgM antibodies. If your results are abnormal, the report will flag the results and indicate which antibodies were found during analysis.

HSV 1/2 Early Detection (IgG + IgM) Test versus 10 Panel STD Test

The HSV ½ Early Detection Test only will look for the presence of the HSV virus. If you are concerned about possible STD exposure, you may want to consider the 10-Panel STD Test that analyzes your blood and urine for ten possible sexually transmitted diseases, including HSV 1 and 2.


  • HSV has no cure, but it is highly treatable. HSV active infections can come and go over time. Even if you are not currently experiencing symptoms but have tested positive, talk to your doctor and discuss options for managing outbreaks in the future.

  • Contrary to a common misconception, HSV sexual transmission is not the only way that the Herpes virus is spread. HSV 2 is the strain most commonly passed through sexual intercourse, but HSV 1 can also be spread through kisses and sharing of drinks and utensils. Testing for HSV can help you protect your health and the health of others who may be at risk of contracting the virus.

  • For most individuals, HSV at most causes uncomfortable symptoms during outbreaks but does not usually result in serious health complications or issues. However, HSV can be dangerous and life-threatening to newborn babies. It is most commonly passed to babies at birth by the mother or through kisses from others.

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment-guidelines/herpes.htm