No Urination 1 hour before visiting the lab.
30 Minute walk-in appointment.
usually in 3 business days or less after lab visit for most tests.
Post Result Consult
Doctor Call if appropriate.
More About the Herpes Test
Tell me about herpes testing.
Our doctors have selected the type-specific Herpes Blood Test, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which can tell the difference between type 1 herpes (HSV-1) and type 2 herpes (HSV-2). The test looks for the antibodies to the herpes virus. If you get tested before there are enough antibodies to detect, you may get a “false negative” result even if you have herpes.
Is this a Blood Test or a Urine Test?
The Herpes Test is a blood test. When you get to the lab, the lab technician will draw one small tube of blood. There's no need to get undressed or have any uncomfortable swabbing.
Will I Need to Fast or Prepare for the Test?
There is no preparation needed for the Herpes Blood Test. You do not need to fast.
Who Should Be Tested for Herpes?
It is recommended that people who have a high risk of coming in contact with the virus should test for herpes. With 58% of Americans testing positive for type 1 herpes, odds are you've been exposed at some point, even if you've never had any symptoms. Also, with one out of every six people ages 14 - 49 having genital type 2 herpes, you may have it without knowing it. Consider herpes testing as part of routine STD screening, especially if you have had unprotected sex with someone whose STD status you do not know or are concerned about.
Is Herpes Treatable?
There is no cure or vaccine for herpes, but antiviral drugs can effectively manage symptoms. While these drugs do not rid the body of the herpes virus, they do help to control it...reducing symptoms, reducing the risk of spreading herpes to your partner and even suppressing the virus to prevent outbreaks.
What Will the Test Results Tell Me?
A positive result for herpes 1 means the test found signs of type 1 herpes, but it doesn't show where that infection is located. Most commonly, type 1 herpes is found around the mouth, but it can be located genitally, spread via oral sex.
A positive for herpes 2 means the test found signs of type 2 herpes, but it doesn't tell us whether or not you've ever had, or will ever have, a genital herpes outbreak.
The test results for herpes fall within a numeric range, which can be a bit confusing. A value of 0.9 or less is negative. A value above 1.1 is positive, though a very low level positive could be a false positive.
When Is the Right Time to Get a Herpes Test?
For routine STD testing to know your sexual health status, test today.
Although herpes may be detected as early as 3 weeks after exposure, it is recommended waiting 4-6 weeks after an exposure for the most accurate results. If you had a definite exposure and your earlier test is negative, you might consider a repeat test 3 months after exposure to be sure there is no infection.
Remember, other STDs may be present at the same time as herpes. For this reason, our doctors recommend the 8-test panel to test for 8 of the most common and serious STDs.
For a personalized test plan, call our Care Advisors at (866) 660-2593(866) 660-2593. Because different diseases become detectable by diagnostic testing at different times, this is the best way to ensure you get tested at the right time.
Medical Services Included
FDA-approved or CLIA certified diagnostic testsThe same STD tests trusted by doctors and hospitals nationwide.
Results usually in 3 business days or lessAvailable as soon as possible, in your secure online account.
Counsel with Care AdvisorsOur team is here to help you before, during, and after you test.
Local specimen collectionVisit one of LabCorp and Quest Diagnostic locations near you for sample collection.
Confidential treatment of your informationWe take your privacy very seriously, your information is as secure as hospital records
A doctor to discuss your results, where appropriateReceive one-on-one phone consultation with doctor if you test positive
Prescriptions sent to your pharmacyIf you test positive, our doctors can prescribe immediately during your consult
Personal guidance and referral services, if necessaryIf you test positive for Hepatitis B & C, Syphilis, or HIV, our doctors will be on call for you and refer you to a specialist, where appropriate
What Happens When You Are Positive?
We Are Here For You.
If you test positive, a doctor will review your test results with you by phone, if appropriate. You can choose an appointment time that's convenient for you. The doctor will explain your results, ask followup questions, and provide counsel on treatment, prescriptions, and further testing, if necessary.
Doctors When YOU Need Them.
SAMPLE TEST RESULTClick to Enlarge
Worried about a recent encounter?
It's very common to have an STD and not know it. Even if you are only concerned about
a single STD, you may be at risk for other diseases.
- Hepatitis C
- Herpes I
- Hepatitis B
- Herpes II
No Red Tape - Get tested in about 15 minutes and have your results usually in 3 business days or less.
No Hidden Medical Fees - No upcharges, no hidden fees, and no copays.