Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Types 1-/2-Specific Antibodies, IgG

Positive results for this test are reported to the CDC.

Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Blood

Lab: Quest Diagnostics

Results: Test run Mon-Fri; Report available in 3 business days

Note: Result turnaround 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.

Description: IgG antibodies indicate a previous infection. 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. Individuals infected with HSV may not exhibit detectable IgG antibody in the early stages of infection.