Blood Test Information is provided for informational purposes only.
There is no blood test that tests for the herpes virus itself. Rather, they all test for the presence of antibodies to the herpes virus. Thus, while some ResolveHerpes customers do receive negative blood test results, there is no known blood test that can consistently and reliably show that the herpes virus has left the body because the antibodies to the virus will always remain and there is no known blood test that can differentiate between antibodies that are present due to a prior herpes infection and antibodies that are present due to a current herpes infection. As a result, Resolve All, Ltd, believes that the focus should not be on whether a piece of paper from a laboratory says you are herpes virus free, but rather whether your quality of life has increased such that you know by listening to your own body that you are herpes virus free.
Resolve All, believes that once you have completed the mineral detox strictly as instructed, then you should know on your own when the virus has left your body because when the virus leaves your body you should no longer have outbreaks of the same frequency and intensity. Shortly after completing the detox, you can still experience “clearing” symptoms, but these should decrease in frequency over the following 3 to 9 months. Eventually, your outbreaks should stop completely. That process takes different time periods for different people. There is no one-size-fits-all time frame. It just depends on your own body, the level of virus in your body, how well you follow the instructions that came with the detox, and the health of your own body’s immune system.
Resolve All, believes that the focus should not be on whether a piece of paper from a laboratory says you are herpes virus free, but rather whether your quality of life has increased such that you know by listening to your own body that you are herpes virus free.
Put simply, blood tests can show that you are positive for herpes antibodies, but they cannot show that you are negative for the herpes virus itself.
Herpes laboratory tests are usually based on two categories:
1. Sensitivity- likelihood of correctly diagnosing herpes
2. Specificity- probability of test correctly determining that patient does not have herpes.
Western Blot HSV I & II
A laboratory blood test to detect the presence of antibodies to specific antigens. It is regarded as more precise than the (ELISA) and is sometimes used to check the validity of ELISA tests. (Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 8th Edition, 2009).
Blood Tests (serologic tests)
Herpes blood tests take a very different approach. These tests work by measuring the levels of herpes simplex antibodies inside your body.
Antibodies are substances produced by your immune system to fight off infections or antigens (such as herpes). Blood tests detect herpes by looking for antibodies in the blood or serum.
When can a blood test be performed?
Blood tests can be performed even when there are no symptoms present. If the herpes antibodies are found in the blood, it means that your body was exposed to the herpes simplex virus at some point in your life and created antibodies in response.
This method of testing has the advantage that it can be done even when a person has no symptoms, so it is a very effective way to detect an established herpes presence. Blood tests do not require swabbing a lesion, so they can be done long after symptoms have faded.
What is the difference between ‘Type-Specific’ and ‘Non Type-Specific’ tests?
The technology behind the type-specific test is relatively new. The “gold standard” of type-specific blood tests is known as the Western Blot Serology.
A number of similar tests are produced for research purposes and commercial products are gradually becoming more available. These tests detect antibodies (known as “IgG”) that differ between HSV-1 and HSV-2. It is now recommended that clinicians avoid serology tests unless they are type-specific tests.
The HSV Western Blot detects HSV-1 and HSV-2 proteins which have been separated by size so that type-specific antibody profiles can be recognized with a specificity of >99% . This method may be used to distinguish maternal from infant antibody profiles and to distinguish serum and cerebrospinal fluid profiles of HSV antibodies. This test has been exhaustively validated in studies of well-characterized patient populations. It is the current gold standard HSV serology and provides a highly accurate confirmatory test for positive results by ELISA.
Centre of Disease Control guidelines stipulate that only type-specific serologies based on glycoprotein G be used. Even commercial, FDA-cleared tests like the HerpeSelect ELISA from Focus Diagnostics-Quest may have false positive results, especially in samples with low positive readings. (Quoted from the University of Washington clinical viral laboratory.)
Why Western Blot?
• Gold standard since 1987
• HSV protein-specific antibody detection
• Manual method – visualization of antibody in patient’s samples
• Ability to monitor developing antibody d uring seroconversion – can detect HSV-2 antibody with or without the presence of existing HSV-1 antibody
Labs which do herpes blood tests:
Quest Labs Western Blot HSV 1 and 2 code 34534
HSV I AND II IGG,BY IMMUNOBLOT – 34534X
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Type-spedific Immunoblot
Labcorp test The correct number is 138487
MD Lab Tests
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Type-specific Immunoblot
Also known as: Herpes Simplex VIrus (HSV) Type-specific Serology HSV Type-specific Immunoblot