Detects: Type-2 Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-2) Infection
HSV-2 is usually known to cause outbreaks in the genital region, but can also be orally. Genital herpes is one of the most common STDs in the United States, but unfortunately many people who carry the virus are unaware of their infection. It’s characterized by painful blisters in the genital region, often times reoccurring multiple times a year. With herpes, like any STD, it is possible to become infected and not show symptoms for an extended amount of time. Symptoms present or not – a blood test is an easy way to see if you are a carrier of the virus. Antibodies can take as long as 6-12 weeks to become detectable, so if you’ve had a recent exposure you might consider an IgM antibody screening.