Herpes Testing

Herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection that is caused by strains of the herpes simplex virus. The most common are the Herpes Simplex Virus 1 or HSV-1 and Herpes Simplex Virus 2 or HSV-2. Most herpes tests will detect the virus in samples from the blister, or fluid from a sore. Our advanced tests detect the presence of the virus through checking for herpes antibodies in the blood.

We have oral herpes tests and genital herpes tests that have been approved and cleared by the FDA. Our tests will detect the presence of the two virus strains even in situations where there are no signs or symptoms.

It is important to understand that though herpes simplex virus 1 mainly causes oral herpes and herpes simplex virus 2 causes genital herpes most of the times, there are cases where HSV1 causes genital herpes and HSV2 causes oral herpes.

What You Need To Know About An Oral Herpes Test And A Genital Herpes Test

How Is Herpes Spread?

Herpes simplex virus 1 is mostly transmitted through sexual contact, kissing, oral fluids, and sharing items such as a toothbrush. You can also get herpes through coming into contact with sores that result from the infection. In most cases Herpes simplex virus 2 is spread through contact with the genitals of a person who has the virus. The reason why fighting herpes has been a difficult task is because sometimes the signs and symptoms might not be obvious. Some people notice symptoms years after they have been infected. This explains why it is important to know your status. Without the symptoms, the best way to know your status is to get tested.

Is The Herpes Test a Blood or Urine Test?

We use a test that specifically looks for herpes antibodies in the blood stream. This test gives the most reliable and accurate results.

Herpes Test Preparation

You do not need any special preparation before the test. You will not need to fast or make an appointment.

When Should I Test For Oral Herpes And Genital Herpes?

If you suspect you have symptoms of herpes, you should get tested as soon as possible. For high accuracy, it is recommended that you wait for about 4 weeks after the initial exposure.

What Do Herpes Results Mean?

Your results will be determined by the concentration of the herpes antibodies in your blood. The results will be negative, positive, or indeterminable. If they are negative, there is no virus in your blood, if it’s positive, you have the herpes virus. In case the result indicates indeterminable, it means that there are some antibodies in your blood but you will need about two weeks more to get an accurate test. If your results are negative, you can test again after three months to confirm the results.

Is There A Herpes Cure?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for oral herpes and no cure for genital herpes. However, it is possible to manage the infection through antiviral medication. The drugs help is suppressing outbreaks and reducing the chances of transmission.

Herpes is a common STD and there are many people who are living comfortably with proper management. The first step is to get tested to know your status so that you can protect yourself and those around you.