Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Types 1/2, IgM, EIA (DO NOT USE)

We are required to report positive results for this test to the CDC.

Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Blood

Results: 5-7 Business Days
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

IgM antibodies indicates an active or recent infection. HSV IgM antibody production begins several days after a primary (initial) HSV infection and may be detectable in the blood for several weeks.

Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) typically causes oral herpes, an infection of the lips and mouth, that is commonly known as cold sores or fever blisters. Genital herpes is generally caused by herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). The herpes simplex virus is transmitted by direct contact with a sore or the body fluid of an infected individual.