Herpes Simplex Virus 2 IgG Test
What is HSV-2, IgG?
It is used to screen for or diagnose Herpes simplex infection. A doctor suspects herpes simplex infection when you have blister on your genitals, or symptoms of meningitis like severe headache, seizures. It may also be ordered if you are pregnant and are suffering from herpes. A doctor may also order HSV antibody test if you have another sexually transmitted disease and are at increased risk of infection.
Why is HSV-2, IgG done?
- If you have signs of herpes virus infection like blister on the genitals
- When you have encephalitis and the doctor is suspecting a viral cause
- If you are pregnant, and are suffering from herpes
- If you are being screened for a previous exposure to herpes simplex virus
- If you have any other sexually transmitted disease and are at increased risk of herpes infection
Interpreting HSV-2, IgG results
- The presence of HSV 2 IgG antibodies usually indicates previous infection
- A significant increase in HSV IgG antibodies, measured by comparing acute and convalescent samples usually indicate ans active or recent infection
- Negative HSV antibody test usually means that it is unlikely that the person has been exposed to HSV