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Which Herpes Blood Test Should I Take?

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The two most accurate, FDA-cleared, type-specific blood tests for herpes are described in the following table.
HerpeSelect ELISA Kits
HerpeSelect Immunoblot Kit
Focus Technologies
Focus Technologies
Antibodies detected
HSV-1 or HSV-2
HSV-1 and HSV-2
Sensitivity (no false negatives)
93 to 100% accurate*
91 to 100% accurate*
Specificity (no false positives)
89 to 100% accurate*
95 to 100% accurate*
Result time
About 1 to 2 weeks
About 1 to 2 weeks
Can be used during pregnancy
Cost of test
About $100
About $170
Phone number
1-800-445-4032 (to locate a lab in a specific area)
* Accuracy is in comparison to Western Blot testing.

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