What is herpes 2?
Herpes 2 (Genital Herpes) is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). Herpes 2 can be caused by Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1) or Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2) but most genital herpes are caused by HSV-2. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 776,000 Americans are infected with the herpes 2 virus annually. 16.2% or 1 in 6 individuals aged 14-49 years have genital herpes infections making it one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the country.
How do you test for herpes 2?
STDcheck.com uses the CDC recommended and FDA-approved type specific herpes 2 blood test. When you arrive at our testing center, our technicians will draw a small amount of blood and you are done. Our herpes 2 test can differentiate between herpes 1 and herpes 2 and looks for antibodies to the herpes 2 in the blood.
How is herpes 2 transmitted?
Herpes 2 virus is transmitted through sexual intercourse. Having oral, vaginal or anal sex with someone infected with the herpes virus exposes you to the infection. Most people infected with herpes 2 do not show symptoms or experience very mild symptoms that are usually confused for other skin conditions. Transmission can occur even when no symptoms are visible.
How soon can I get tested for herpes 2 after exposure?
Although it is possible to test for herpes 2 virus three weeks after exposure, our doctors recommend testing 4-6 weeks after exposure to allow antibodies to develop in your system.
What do I need to do to prepare for a herpes 2 test?
There is nothing for you to do to prepare for the herpes 2 test. No fasting is required. Our testing center just needs a small sample of blood for herpes 2 test.
How we test for Genital Herpes (HSV-2)
We use an FDA-approved type-specific genital herpes test that searches for antibodies to the virus and can differentiate between HSV-1 (oral herpes) and HSV-2 (genital herpes). The test uses a blood sample, so there is no uncomfortable swabbing or undressing.
All laboratory testing, including STD tests, accuracy rates are measured in terms of sensitivity and specificity. Our FDA-approved herpes type 2 test has a sensitivity rate of 97% and a specificity of 98%.