Herpes Blood Screen
- Lab Test With High Degree of Accuracy
- Fast Results - 48 Hours
- Distinguishes Between HSV1 and HSV2
- Referral for Treatment Online
Herpes Blood Test
The Herpes Blood Test looks for the herpes IgG antibodies in the blood. If you have
been exposed to the herpes virus then this test will be able to confirm whether or
not you have herpes and it will be able to distinguish between Herpes type 1 and
Herpes type 2.
Please note that this test is not recommended as the primary testing method for the
herpes virus and the medical utility of this test is questionable. The test is made
available as a “peace of mind” test to rule out the possibility of herpes. The
result will be reported as either negative or positive for the two types of herpes
When should I test?
The Herpes IgG antibodies normally appear in detectable levels in the blood around
12 – 16 weeks following infection. They can appear sooner in certain people
but if you test earlier then you will need to repeat the test at 16 weeks for a
How Our Service Works
- Order your
STI test online
- Discrete package
arrives next day
- Provide a sample and post in pre-paid envelope
- Access results online
Recommended Herpes Test
We do not recommend the herpes blood test as the primary method of testing for herpes
as it is not site-specific. If you have lesions that you are concerned may be herpes
then we recommend that you have a Symptomatic Lesion Test. This test will check for
both herpes and syphilis.
Other Herpes Tests
We can also test for herpes from a urine sample and from a PCR swab as an individual
test. These tests are only appropriate if you have symptoms, as they will only be
able to detect the herpes virus if the virus is present and shedding. These tests
are site-specific. The herpes blood test is capable of giving a positive result
even if you are not symptomatic.
Some websites offer the IgM herpes antibody test - you should avoid this test as it
is unreliable and does not convey any meaningful information. The IgM antibody can
be produced each time there is a recurrence of symptoms so it does not tell us how
recently the patient was infected. Also, the IgM antibody is negative in around 50%
of patients who recently acquired the virus and have had this confirmed by other
How does the Herpes Blood Test work?
We will send you a self-collection kit whereby you take a small sample of blood via a
finger prick. The collection kit is specially designed for patients to use at home.
You then send the sample back in a reply paid envelope. We will let you know your
results within 48 hours of the sample arriving at the laboratory.
Herpes treatment is only required if you have symptoms that have been confirmed to be
caused by the herpes virus. The treatment will shorten the duration of the herpes
episode and make the symptoms less severe. Treatment does not cure you of the herpes
virus and it can recur in the future. There is no point taking the antiviral medication
if you have a positive antibody test and you do not have symptoms - it will provide
absolutely no therapeutic benefit.
If you require any help selecting the right test for you, please call our patient help desk.
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