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Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Test

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Herpes Simplex Virus - HSV Test

What is HSV?

HSV is an acronym for Herpes Simplex Virus. It is a virus that causes Herpes in men and women. Even though herpes infection has no irrefutable spot to infect, it is most commonly found in genitals and mouth which is commonly known as Genital Herpes. Nonetheless, the Herpes infection is classified into two types


This type of Herpes is transmitted through physical contact such as sore spots on the skin, oral secretion, kissing and sharing things with an infected person such as toothbrushes and utensils.


This type of Herpes is transmitted only through sexual intercourse with a person who has genital herpes.

Note: Herpes can also spread to another person even if he/she no sore spots are present.

HSV Test

The first and foremost test for HSV is physical examination. Usually, Herpes is detected by the sore spots on the body. If the sore spots are visible on the skin, then the doctor will confirm that a person is infected by the Herpes Virus. If the doctor is uncertain about the infection or the sore spots are not visible on the skin, the herpes is tested by the HSV Blood test. The HSV blood test will analyse the blood of the infected person for the presence of HSV antibodies produced in the blood in response to HSV virus.

There is one more test to diagnose the HSV - Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. PCR test will analyse the DNA in the blood of the infected person and look for the HSV virus.

FAQ's for Herpes (HSV) testing

What are the tests need to be taken for HSV testing?

HSV 1, HSV 2 - Testing of genital samples should be done by PCR testing including subtype analysis. There is no role for IgG ELISA testing for diagnosis.

Whether this test to be carried in the blood sample or urine sample?


What is the window period for this test to be taken?

This test should be done on genital lesions.

Is there any chance that the person will develop the disease in future if the result is negative and do they need to repeat the test again after some time?

Repeat if in window period and ongoing risk of acquiring infection

What causes Herpes?

The Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is considered as the contagious virus which can easily be transmitted from person to person through several means. Children often contract the herpes infection from the infected mother or adult.

Herpes Symptoms

Just like most of the STD, Herpes too don't develop symptoms in many people. However, it takes 2 to 12 days for the symptoms to occurs after being exposed to the virus. The Genital Herpes symptoms are as follows

Pain or Itching - The infected person may experience pain and itching in the genitals.

Bumps or Blisters - This might take few weeks to appear after the infection

Ulcers - Ulcers occurs when the blisters or bumps rupture and bleed.

Scabs - Scab will occur once the ulcer is healed.

Herpes Symptoms in other regions of the body.

The first sign of the infection is the appearance of the sore spots where the virus is acquired in the body. These sore spots can easily be spread across the body by touching, rubbing or scratching. It can even affect your eyes.

The common Herpes Symptoms in men and women

  • Anus
  • Mouth
  • Buttocks and thigh
  • Urethra

Herpes Symptoms in women

  • Vaginal area
  • cervix
  • External genitals

Herpes Symptoms in Men

  • Penis
  • Scrotum

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