Currently, there are no tests that can indicate how long you’ve had the herpes virus. For instance, the tests will just indicate that you have the antibodies for a certain herpes virus strain. They cannot prove to you that these antibodies were developed in 1998, and all that. You can, however, take a herpes blood test to determine whether or not you are infected with the virus.
You may have heard of testing for IgM or IgG
This is a test for the lymphocytes within your body that occur when you’re exposed to the virus. Also, if you have been tested soon after the exposure, it can determine whether or not you have IgMs or IgGs in the body, although this isn’t really a method that allows you to know how long you’ve had the virus; especially if you were exposed recently; just over three months ago. Whether it was three months or three years, the test result would be just the same.
To understand the tests, you have to be aware that B lymphocytes are the ones accountable for antibody-mediated responses (humoral immunity), which is what happens when exposed to Herpes simplex. (If you search any of the terms, you can find loads of facts about how the immune system works.)
These B lymphocytes are covered with immunoglobulin, and that is what provides them with the ability to spot the protein within HSV and initiate an antibody reaction. There are five classes of immunoglobulin or antibodies. Two of them (IgM and IgG) are mentioned above. IgMs are formed in the early stage of exposure. IgGs are the main blood plasma antibodies developed in response to bacteria or a virus.
Can I be examined for herpes even though I’m asymptomatic?
This is quite a common question. Because a bulk of the people who’ve been exposed to herpes show no signs or symptoms, they could continue transmitting the virus to other individuals. If you believe you’ve been exposed to the virus, it is vital for you to be tested even though you do not show symptoms an outbreak.
You can be tested for herpes even though you do not have signs and haven’t had any symptoms, but it’ll require a blood test rather than a swab test. On the other hand, it is important to remember that you may have to take the test numerous times to rule it out completely, particularly if you’ve been just exposed. It could take some time for the antibodies to appear in the system if you’ve never had a herpes outbreak.
Herpes Facts You Should Know Before Taking a Test:
1. Herpes symptoms include lesions or sores in, or on your mouth, or around, or on the genital area. Overall flu-like symptoms or “ill” feeling.
2. Doctors test by taking blood and/or taking a sample of sore or a lesion.
3. Positive test results signify that you’ve been exposed to the virus. Also, tests can show which HSV type you have.
4. You can be tested even though you haven’t had symptoms or signs.
5. There are certain tests that can tell which herpes virus type you have. Also there also non-type-specific tests that only check for the herpes virus, but not a certain strain of it.