Herpes simplex HSV-1 (which produces most cold sores) and HSV-2 (which produces most genital herpes) are very contagious.
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Herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2), also known as human herpesvirus 1 and 2 (HHV-1 and HHV-2), are two members of the herpesvirus family, Herpesviridae, that infect humans. Both HSV-1 (which produces most cold sores) and HSV-2 (which produces most genital herpes) are ubiquitous and contagious. They can be spread when an infected person is producing and shedding the virus.
In simple terms, herpes simplex 1 is most commonly known as a “cold sore,” while herpes simplex 2 is the one known by the public as “herpes,” or “genital herpes.” According to the World Health Organization 67% of the world population under the age of 50 have HSV-1.
Symptoms of herpes simplex virus infection include watery blisters in the skin or mucous membranes of the mouth, lips, nose or genitals. Lesions heal with a scab characteristic of herpetic disease. Sometimes, the viruses cause very mild or atypical symptoms during outbreaks. However, they can also cause more troublesome forms of herpes simplex. As neurotropic and neuroinvasive viruses, HSV-1 and 2 persist in the body by becoming latent and hiding from the immune system in the cell bodies of neurons. After the initial or primary infection, some infected people experience sporadic episodes of viral reactivation or outbreaks. In an outbreak, the virus in a nerve cell becomes active and is transported via the neuron’s axon to the skin, where virus replication and shedding occur and cause new sores. It is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. The HSV 1/2 IgG/IgM Rapid Test Cassette is a rapid chromatographic immunoassay for the qualitative detection of IgG and IgM antibodies to HSV 1/2 in whole blood, serum or plasma specimens.
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This kit assumes you are a medical professional and already have a fingertip blood collection device (e.g. safety lancet).
View the product instructions for the Herpes Test here.
What are cold sores? Cold sores are a small, painful fluid filled blister or cluster of blisters. Cold Sores usually appears on the edges of the lip where it joins the surrounding skin. However, they can sometimes also be found in the nostrils or on the nose. You usually get the virus for the first […]
What is genital herpes? Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the herpes simplex virus. There are two types of herpes, they are known as herpes simplex virus type 1 (H.S.V.1) and type 2 (H.S.V.2). Type 1 most commonly affects the lips and mouth, they usually appear as coldsores. Type 2 generally […]