Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is caused by the herpes simplex virus. There are two types of herpes simplex: Type 1 (HSV-1) and Type 2 (HSV-2). Most genital herpes is caused by HSV-2.
The HSV Type I and II IgM test is appropriate for exposure less than 4 weeks prior to testing. HSV IgM is detectable in serum from >90% of patients with primary HSV infection; However, HSV IgM is also found in 30% of patients with reactivated HSV.
Positive results may require further evaluation by your physician. This test will NOT differentiate between Type I and II.
Alternative Names(s): Herpes Simplex Virus Serum, Herpes 1/2 IgM, Serum
Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2 (IgM) Antibody with Ref to Titer
If HSV 1 IgM screen is positive, HSV 1 IgM Titer will be performed
If HSV 2 IgM Screen is positive, HSV 2 IgM Titer will be performed
No fasting required.
Estimated turnaround for results is 3 business days. If confirmation testing is required, the estimated time may be extended.