Test for genital herpes

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Herpes symptoms can be kept at bay with the correct medication. Get tested at our clinic today & find out your treatment options.

Genital herpes is an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. There are two types of herpes, type 1 & type 2. Type 1 causes sores on & around the mouth (cold sores). Genital herpes, or type 2, is considered to be a sexually transmitted infection because it is more frequently passed on through sexual contact.

The main symptoms of herpes type 2 are painful blisters that develop on & around the genitals & which can turn into sores. In many cases, a person can carry the virus without symptoms, which is why many more people actually have the disease than are aware of it (at least 8 out of 10 people who have herpes are not aware that they do).

When should I get tested?

You should get tested for herpes if you are experiencing symptoms. The test involves either a swab or a blood test, depending on your case, & you can ask which kind of test is best for you when you see the doctor. The symptoms of herpes are different for different people. Shortly after initial contraction of the virus, outbreaks can happen a number of times per year. The longer you have the disease, the less severe & frequent your outbreaks. Antiviral drugs can usually control outbreaks, & in some cases prevent them altogether. Symptoms may not appear immediately after exposure to HSV, but if they do, you will notice them quite quickly (4 – 7 days after initial exposure).

What the test includes?

The test for herpes involves either a blood test or skin swabs, depending on your case.


Step 1

Preparing for test

No special preparation is required for this test, although for a blood test, please ensure you are well-hydrated.
Step 2

During the test

If your test requires swabs, the doctor will pass a cotton bud over any sores to collect the cells for testing. For a blood test, a small amount of blood will be drawn from your inner arm using a needle.
Step 3


Your results will be delivered by email as soon as they are ready. If you have had a consultation with one of our doctors along with the test, you will receive a call directly from them to go over the results. If you are unsure of what to do next & would like to consult with one of our doctors, you can make an appointment & bring your results to discuss.


What are the symptoms of a first-time outbreak of genital herpes?

The symptoms of a first-time herpes outbreak are much more severe than later symptoms, & can last for up to three weeks. These include flu-like symptoms of feeling unwell, having aches & pains, & a low-grade fever; small blisters, either red or clear, on the genitals, anus, or surrounding skin, which develop into red, open sores. Blisters can also develop on the cervix, & may cause unusual vaginal discharge or dysuria (pain with urination).

How is genital herpes treated?

Depending on how long you have had the virus & whether not you are experiencing an outbreak, treatment will vary. Antiviral tablets can be prescribed for first-time infections; different drugs can be taken as a mode of prevention, as well as lifestyle factors such as managing stress & ensuring you are well-rested.

How can I avoid passing on the herpes virus?

There is no 100% certain way of preventing the spread of herpes simplex, as barrier contraceptive methods do not work. The safest way to avoid passing the virus to a partner is to avoid sexual contact during an outbreak of sores or blisters.