If you’re asking yourself “Do I have herpes?” your best bet is to go to your nearest health clinic or Planned Parenthood and ask for what’s called an IgG test. A herpes occurrence doesn’t need to be present in order to test for herpes. The IgG test is the most accurate blood test to find out if you have been exposed to the herpes virus, and if so, which type of herpes.

The test won’t be able to tell you when you were exposed, but it can give you a definitive answer on whether or not you have herpes. The IgG test is a specific blood test that measures for Immunoglobulin G, which is the most abundant type of antibody, which protects against bacterial and viral infections (WebMD). Remember, you might have never even had an occurrence of herpes, but the virus could still be present in your body and can still be spreadable to partners.