What does it mean if you test positive for herpes antibodies? A positive test means you have been infected with HSV recently or at some point in the past. Tests can be done to help determine if you have a recent infection. About 70% of adults have been infected by HSV-1 and have antibodies against the virus.
When should I get tested for herpes antibodies?
- You have recurring symptoms but active test results are negative.
- You believe you were recently exposed but don’t yet have symptoms.
- You’re pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
- You have HIV or have a high risk of encountering HIV.
Can you have herpes antibodies and not have herpes? It is possible to have a false-positive result for herpes antibodies. This means that a person gets a positive result when they do not have the virus.
Why herpes simplex virus test is done? An HSV test may be used to: Find out whether sores on the mouth or genitals are caused by HSV. Diagnose an HSV infection in a pregnant woman. Find out if a newborn is infected with HSV.