Genital herpes can be caused by either the HSV-1 or HSV-2 virus.
Herpes type 1 antibodies have a development period of 2 weeks to 6 months after initial infection. This is the time it takes for enough antibodies to develop that can be detected through the ELISA test. This period varies from person to person.
Herpes type 2 antibodies have a development period of 3 weeks to 6 months after initial infection. This is the time it takes for enough antibodies to develop that can be detected through the ELISA test. This period varies from person to person.
To begin, simply order the herpes tests (HSV-1 test and HSV-2 test), then visit any of our 4,500+ test centers. A small sample of your blood will be collected for testing and you will receive an email with your results in 1-2 days.
Results are either positive or negative. Your results will read as either positive (HSV-1 and/or HSV-2 was found in your blood) or negative (no HSV-1 and/or HSV-2 virus was found in your blood). If you test positive for HSV-2 antibodies, it means that the herpes-2 virus is in your blood and your body has developed antibodies in an effort to repel the virus. A negative result means that your body has no HSV-2 antibodies and you don't have the virus. Although testing as early as 3 weeks is possible, our doctors recommend waiting 4-6 weeks after exposure. Waiting to test allows antibodies to fully develop if the virus is present. A follow-up test 3 months.
There is no blood test that can determine where a herpes infection resides (either orally or genitally). Individuals will likely know on their own based upon where their symptoms present themselves.