Herpes Virus Test (MHD1605)

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This test evaluates your exposure to the herpes virus.  Herpes is one of the most common viral infections. There are two common strains, herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). Both strains can be highly contagious. HSV-1 causes cold sores and HSV-2 causes genital lesions.

Recommended for:

Anyone who thinks they may have come in contact with the herpes  virus. This virus spreads through direct contact. Some people have no symptoms while others get sores near the area where the virus entered the body (mouth or genitals). These sores turn into blisters and can be quite painful. 


  • Herpes simplex 1 IgM antibodies
  • Herpes simplex 2 IgM antibodies


There is no preparation needed for this this test.

Test Processing:

1-3 days

Special Note:

Certain public health agencies require notification when this test is positive.  They use this information to track emerging trends in infectious disease. 

For more information on this test, go to labtestsonline.org.


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