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The most accurate herpes test available is a type-specific herpes blood test, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This FDA-approved blood test differentiates between type 1 herpes (HSV-1) and type 2 herpes (HSV-2). This test is done on a blood sample so there's no need for undressing or uncomfortable swabbing.
No Urination 1 hour before
visiting the lab
15 Minute walk-in
Usually in 3 business days or less*
Post Result Consult
Doctor Call if results are positive*
More about the Herpes Test
What is the herpes test?
The test we offer is "type-specific," which means it differentiates between the two different strains of the virus that cause genital herpes and oral herpes. These strains are called herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). The test looks for antibodies the body creates to fight off the virus.
Because the herpes simplex virus type-specific HSV-1/2 IgG blood test (or HSV 1/2 IgG) screens for both herpes 1 and herpes 2 antibodies, it's superior to earlier tests which do not differentiate between the two types of herpes.
Will I give blood or urine?
The herpes test is a blood test. At the lab, the technician will draw a blood sample. You will not be asked to get undressed or have any uncomfortable genital swabbing.
Do I have to prep?
No. There's no need to fast or prepare for the herpes test.
Tell me about the test results.
Because this test is "type-specific," you will receive 2 results: one for HSV-1 and one for HSV-2. You could be positive for one, for both or for neither virus type.
Herpes 1 typically causes oral herpes, and herpes 2 typically causes genital herpes, but keep in mind that both viruses can be spread to either the mouth area or the genitals. People often wonder if the test can tell you when you were exposed...but it can't. It only shows whether the virus is present. In fact, it's possible to have oral herpes or genital herpes for many years, or even decades, before signs or symptoms are evident...if a person ever develops symptoms at all.
Can herpes be cured?
There is no cure or vaccine for herpes, but antiviral drugs can effectively manage outbreaks. Medications do help to control symptoms and can reduce the risk of spreading herpes to partners.
When should I get tested for herpes?
For routine STD testing to know your sexual health status, test today.
Herpes can be detectable as early as 3 weeks after exposure, but our doctors recommend waiting 4 - 6 weeks after an exposure for the most accurate results and again in 3 months for confirmation.
If you haven't been tested for other STDs like HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis, gonorrhea or herpes in the last year, our doctors recommend getting tested today.
For a test plan developed by our physicians, call our Care Advisors at (855) 739-4325(855) 739-4325. Because different STDs develop at different rates, it's critical to wait until the recommended testing windows. Please call us if you have any questions. We're here to help.
Medical Services Include:
FDA-approved or CLIA-certified testingThe same STD tests trusted by doctors and hospitals nationwide.
Results usually in 3 business days or less*You’ll receive an email alerting you when they are ready.
Unlimited support with Care AdvisorsOur team is here to help you before, during, and after you test.
Local specimen collectionVisit one of 4,000 LabCorp and Quest Diagnostic locations near you for specimen collection.
Confidential treatment of your informationWe take your privacy very seriously and secure your information with industry-standard protections.
A doctor to discuss your results, where appropriateReceive one-on-one phone consultation with doctor if you test positive or if you results require further explanation.*
Prescriptions sent to your pharmacyIf appropriate and permitted by state law, our doctors can provide a presciption during your consult.
Personal guidance and referral services, if necessaryAfter the consultation, we will be available to connect you to a specialist in your area for further follow up treatment, where appropriate.
What happens if I test positive for STDs?
Our Doctors are here for you.
Within 24 hours, you’ll be on the phone with one our doctors to review your test results. During the call, you can ask any questions you might have about STDs, treatment, prevention and next steps. The doctor may choose to prescribe medication and linkage to follow up care.* It's healthcare on your time.
We're here to help, on YOUR time.
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