This test detects antibodies to the two forms of the Herpes Simplex Virus: Herpes Simplex Virus I (HSV-1) and Herpes Simplex Virus II (HSV-2). HSV-1 is most commonly associated with sores in or near the mouth, but it can also impact the genitals. HSV-2 is most commonly associated with sores on the genitals, but can also result in sores on the mouth. If you were ever exposed to HSV-2, your body will have developed antibodies to the infection. These antibodies remain in your system for life. While there is no cure for herpes, medication can reduce the symptoms and reduce the time it takes the herpes blisters to heal during an outbreak.
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