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Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 Test - Verisana Lab

Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 Test

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Our Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 HSV-2 Test examines your blood spot sample to determine your HSV-2 status.

Having awareness of your HSV-2 status provides valuable information to assist you in taking measures to maintain the health of both you and your partner.

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Details
Who should take the test?

Genital herpes, attributed to HSV-2, is a global issue. In 2016, approximately 491 million individuals (13% of those aged 15 to 49) worldwide were living with this infection.

Herpes viruses, classified among DNA viruses, have the capacity to persist in the host’s body for life following the initial infection. These viruses predominantly affect mucous membranes, with Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2) being responsible for genital herpes. HSV-2 spreads through mucosal contact (genital, anal, oral), direct contact with infected skin, and smear infections. Additionally, transmission from an infected mother to her newborn is possible, and the risk of transmission persists even in the absence of symptoms.

How does it work?

Once your order has been processed, you will be sent a blood sample collection kit. You collect your sample from the comfort of your own home and send it right back to our CLIA-certified partner laboratory. We analyze your sample and inform you that your results have been uploaded to your confidential account on our secure website.

What guidance will I get along with my results?

Following the completion of the analysis, you will receive a lab report that includes explanations for the analyzed markers and details on potential symptoms linked to imbalances. Additionally, we strongly advise that you discuss the results you receive from us with your healthcare provider or practitioner.

Moreover, additional information can be found on our website, particularly within various test categories, “health conditions,” and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. If you have any further inquiries, please feel free to reach out to us by sending an email to contact@verisana.com.

How is my privacy protected?

Samples for our tests are collected in the privacy of your own home. Both we and our partner laboratories (which may be contracted by us to conduct some or all analyses of your test) take customer privacy very seriously.

You will be the sole person with access to this information, and we guarantee that we will not disclose your information to any unauthorized third parties. Additionally, all samples will be disposed of after analysis. Both our Verisana portal for registering kits and receiving results as well as our CLIA-certified partner laboratories are fully HIPAA-compliant.

Test measures
For the HSV-2 Test we analyze:
  • Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2
Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2

Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2) is the causative agent of genital herpes. HSV-2 spreads through mucosal contact (genital, anal, oral), direct contact with infected skin, and smear infections. Transmission from an infected mother to a newborn is also possible, and the risk of transmission persists even in the absence of symptoms.

HSV-2 infection is lifelong, and individuals may experience periodic outbreaks of sores during times of emotional stress or illness. While there is no cure for genital herpes, treatment can mitigate severe episodes and prevent their occurrence. Early diagnosis allows for the effective shortening of the disease’s course through oral antiviral therapy. Recurrent genital herpes, characterized by milder symptoms, should be considered in cases of recurring genital pain, as it typically affects only one specific area. Notably, about 80% of individuals infected with HSV-2 do not display any symptoms (asymptomatic infection).

Symptoms
Symptoms the HSV-2 Test is suitable for:
  • Itchy, burning blisters on or around the genitals or rectum
  • Pain during urination
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever
Sample collection guide
General

Please read the following instructions in detail, before starting with the sample collection.

Please download the instructions here

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Any Questions?

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this test. Your question is missing? Please contact us at:

What are herpes viruses, and how do they affect the body?

Herpes viruses are classified among DNA viruses and can persist in the host's body for life after the initial infection. These viruses predominantly affect mucous membranes, with HSV-2 being responsible for genital herpes.

Can HSV-2 be transmitted even when no symptoms are present?

Yes, there is a risk of transmitting HSV-2 even in the absence of symptoms.

How common is HSV-2 in the United States?

Genital herpes infections are common in the United States. The CDC estimates that there were 572,000 new genital herpes infections in the United States in a single year. Nationwide, 11.9% of people aged 14 to 49 years have HSV-2 infection.

Will a condom protect me from a HSV-2 infection?

Proper and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce but not eliminate the risk of transmitting or acquiring genital herpes, because shedding of the herpes virus can occur at sites not covered by a condom.

I am not getting enough blood from my finger, what can I do?

Prepare the blood draw well: Hold your hand a little longer under warm water and circle your arm to stimulate blood circulation. Prick the finger on the side, not directly on top of the fingertip. The middle or ring finger of the non-dominant hand is usually best. When piercing, place your finger on a firm surface to avoid unconscious pulling back. A light squeeze and massage towards the fingertip helps stimulate blood flow. Alternatively, blood can be taken from the earlobe or from the vein (at the doctor's).

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