There are two different strains of the herpes virus, HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 commonly has outbreaks around the mouth, where HSV-2 generally has outbreaks around the genital area. The test for herpes, known as the Herpes IgG, will not only detect both strains of the virus, but will tell you which one is present if you are infected. We recommend waiting a minimum of eight weeks before testing. However, if you have had potential contact within the last two months and are concerned, you will need to do a HSV IgM test. To find out more information call a care counselor at 1-888-978-3435.
Herpes Testing Information
How is herpes transmitted?
Both strains of herpes are spread through skin-to-skin contact or sexual intercourse of any kind, including oral, vaginal or anal sex. Lesions do not need to be present on the skin for the virus to be transmissible.
How long should I wait to get tested?
It can take several weeks for your body to produce antibodies to the herpes virus. For a standard herpes test, you will need to wait eight weeks before testing. However, we do offer early detection testing with our HSV IgM test, which allows you to test as soon as one week after a possible exposure.
Is herpes treatable?
There is no cure for a herpes infection. There are treatments available that help to suppress the virus and, when used properly, limit the number of outbreaks experienced.
Can I be infected by both strains of the herpes virus?
Yes, this it is possible to be infected with both types of the Herpes virus. That is why it is important to be tested as soon as possible.