Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2



Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1): HSV-1 is primarily associated with oral herpes and can also cause genital herpes through oral-genital contact. It is estimated that approximately 67% of the global population under the age of 50 has HSV-1 infection. However, the prevalence can vary significantly depending on geographical location, age group, and socioeconomic factors.

Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2): HSV-2 is predominantly associated with genital herpes. It is estimated that approximately 11% of the global population aged 15-49 has HSV-2 infection. Again, the prevalence can vary based on factors such as geographic location, age, and sexual behavior.

Transmission: Herpes is typically transmitted through direct contact with an infected person's skin or mucous membranes, particularly during periods of active outbreaks. However, it is possible to transmit the virus even when no visible symptoms are present, as the virus can be shed asymptomatically.

Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2


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Fasting Required: NO

Preferred Specimen: Serum

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Turnaround Time: 3 Days

Test Code: 6447