Hi, Life labs use these tests you have listed. The majority of people will have a positive antibody test because they have come in contact with the virus. The blood test does not tell you where the HSV is on your body. By 3 weeks post infection about half of infected individuals will have detectable antibodies. By six weeks, about 70% will and by six months antibodies will be detectable in all infected people. If the antibody test is positive then further testing the blood for the type of HSV is useful especially if you already have a partner who knows what type of herpes they have and where it is on their body. HSV type 1 can be around the mouth and on the gentials. HSV type 2 more likely to be on the genitals but can also be around the mouth. This is the extra testing that your doctor ordered for you.
This answer was posted on August 12, 2017.
This answer was updated on February 7, 2022.