Genital Herpes Test
Testing for Genital Herpes (HSV-2)
Our doctors make use of an FDA-approved type-specific genital herpes test. This test detects the presence of antibodies that are produced by the body in response to the presence of herpes virus. This test is also capable of differentiating between the oral herpes virus (HSV-1), and genital herpes virus, (HSV-2). Since the test makes use of a blood sample, there is no uncomfortable undressing or swabbing.
Genital Herpes FAQs
Does this genital herpes test make use of blood or urine?
The genital herpes test requires a small amount of blood sample for testing. The Enzyme-Linked Immunonsorbent Assay (ELISA) test is highly accurate, as it finds the antibodies against the virus in the blood.
Does the test require any preparations from me?
No. You don’t have to make any preparations for the test.
What is the ideal time to get tested for genital herpes?
Unlike most other STDs, there is no ideal time for getting tested for genital herpes as everybody produces antibodies at different rates in response to the virus. In some cases, it is possible to detect the virus as early as 3 weeks; it is generally recommended that you wait for 4-6 weeks after being exposed. Since the antibodies are produced at different rates, it is advisable that you get tested again 3 months later, to confirm the initial test.
What do the results mean?
Herpes tests fall in the numerical range. If your test results fall in the range of 0.91 or below, then you have tested negative. If your results fall in the range of 1.09 or above, then you have tested positive. A negative tests means that there are no signs of genital herpes in your body, and likewise, a positive test means that you have herpes infection. ELISA test can turn out “false positives” in some cases due to the low occurrence of the HSV-2 virus in some populations.
Is genital herpes curable?
No, there is no cure for genital herpes. But, it can be treated with antiviral medications, and managed to an extent. Its symptoms, duration of outbreaks, and transmission into other people, can be controlled greatly by treatment.
Who should get tested for genital herpes?
Women are more prone to genital herpes, as the disease transmits more easily from men to women. The most common media of transmission are mucosal surfaces, lesions, and oral secretions. People who have recently had sexual encounters with people infected with genital herpes should get themselves tested for the disease.
When is the right time to get tested for genital herpes?
Now. The moment you get the doubt that you may have been exposed to the risk of the disease, you should get yourself tested for genital herpes. For the best accuracy of the results, you should get tested between 4-6 weeks from the exposure to the infection. Then, a follow-up test, 3 months later, to confirm the initial test result is all that is required. If left untreated, genital herpes can have serious health effects such as blindness, inflammation of the brain, and many other conditions. If you believe that your recent sexual partner might have been infected with herpes-2, then you should immediately get tested for the disease.
Also, if it has been more than a year since you got yourself tested for other STDs like chlamydia, HIV-1 or HIV-2, hepatitis A, B, and C, and others, then take our 10-Test Panel test to get tested for all major STDs.
What if I test positive for genital herpes?
If your genital herpes results come positive, then you are entitled to a free consultation with our doctor. You can choose a convenient time for this telephonic consultation. Our doctor will provide you suitable advice on the next course of action. If needed, they will also refer you to a genital herpes expert near you.