Herpes Simplex Virus I/II Past Infection Blood Test


A blood test for Herpes IgG antibodies to help establish the presence of HSV I (Herpes Simplex Virus I) or HSV II and to distinguish between the two.

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Herpes Simplex Virus I/II Past Infection Blood Test

About this test

Herpes is a virus that causes cold sores (in the case of HSV I) and genital herpes (mostly in the case of HSV II).

Cold sores are mainly caused by HSV I and it is estimated that up to 70% of the global population is infected with this form of the virus. It is usually acquired during childhood and infection is lifelong. HSV I is not usually something to worry about.

HSV II is widespread (affecting over 10% of people in the UK) and is almost exclusively transmitted by sexual contact.  It causes genital herpes but this can also be caused by HSV I in certain circumstances.

Only about a third of those with herpes know they are infected because there are often no noticeable symptoms or the symptoms are so mild that they are interpreted as something else. Herpes can look like a yeast infection, irritation, pimples, and other things that occur on the genitalia.

It can take time for IgG antibodies to Herpes to reach detectable levels. To avoid false negative results it is usually recommended to wait 12-16 weeks from the date of last possible exposure to ensure the most accurate test results.

How it works

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.

Post Sample

Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.

View Results

View results securely in your own personal dashboard.

Important Information

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.

Tests Included

Blood sample collection kit

We will send you your Herpes Simplex Virus I/II Past Infection Blood Test blood sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.

Postage & packaging

Your Herpes Simplex Virus I/II Past Infection Blood Test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.

Private laboratory analysis

Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.

Interpretation of results

Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Herpes Simplex Virus I/II Past Infection Blood Test results can be downloaded for your doctor.

Secure online account

Once you have placed your order you can visit my.medichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Herpes Simplex Virus I/II Past Infection Blood Test results.

Health and Lifestyle tracker

Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.

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