Genital Herpes Test

In testing for genital herpes we use the FDA Approved test that looks for the antibodies in the body that fights the virus. This test can tell the difference between HSV-1 (oral herpes) and the existence of HSV-2 (genital herpes). All that is required for testing is a small blood sample. There is no need to undress or have any swabbing done.

In testing for genital herpes is blood taken or is a urine sample needed?

We will be drawing a sample of blood for testing with the Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) test. This test searches for the antibodies that fight the herpes virus.

Is there anything I should do to get ready to be tested?

There is no fasting required or anything else required to be tested for HSV-2.

When is the best time to be tested for genital herpes?

Everyone is different. We all create our antibodies at our own rate. In some people it’s possible to find herpes 2 as soon as 3 weeks after they’ve been exposed. What we recommend is a waiting period of 4 to 6 weeks after possible exposure. If the test comes back negative, we recommend being tested again in 3 months just to make sure the first results were accurate.

When I get my results back what will they say?

A negative result means that the test did not detect any indication of the presence of genital herpes. A positive result means that there were indications found of the presence of genital herpes. We have a lot of faith in the ELISA tests, however “false positives” do happen because of the rarity of genital herpes in certain populations.

The results will be in terms of a numeric value. If your results show a value of 0.91 or less this means you are negative. If your results show a value of 1.09 or greater, this means positive. If you would like to see more test results and find out the specifics see our STD Test Results Sample Page.

What is the cure or treatment for genital herpes?

Genital herpes cannot be cured but there are treatments that manage the virus. Antiviral medications can lessen the instances of symptoms and decrease the timeframe during outbreaks. These drugs also lessen the likelihood that you will transmit the virus to others.

Who should be tested for genital herpes?

The HSV-2 infection is more easily transmitted from men to women according to the CDC, therefore it is found in more women than men. The infection is spread by having contact with oral or genital secretions, mucosal surfaces and lesions. Any woman who has had contact recently with someone with genital herpes needs to be tested.

Genital Herpes Test

$ 79
  • Tests for Genital Herpes
  • Blood Sample Only
  • 5 Minute Testing Process
  • Results in 1-2 Days
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