Herpes Simplex

Herpes simplex is generally classified as Type 1 or Type 2. Type 1 is generally the type that is responsible for cold sores. Type 2 is generally associated with sexually transmitted diseases. We now know that most of the thoughts on these viruses are inaccurate. We find that HSV1 is also present genitally and HSV2 can be present orally, but this will vary in different locations of the world. Herpes simplex is usually detected by doing a culture. Blood tests are also available for this virus; however, the accuracy is often not as good.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

No preparation or fasting is necessary.

NORMAL FINDINGS

  • No virus present

  • No HSV antigens or antibodies present

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.