Herpes Test

Our doctors recommend the Type-Specific Herpes Test when patients are at risk for Herpes. This is a blood based test which detects antibodies made by the body as a result of a Herpes Type 1 and Type 2 infection.

Our doctors recommend only the most accurate tests available, while partnerning with top-rated CLIA-certified labs to process your results.

If our doctors determine that you are at risk for more than Herpes, they may recommend additional STD testing for you. This may affect your total out-of-pocket cost.

How much does testing cost?

Pricing varies based on our doctor’s testing recommendation; along with the lab’s location and your payment method.

What payment methods are accepted?

We accept qualifying insurance plans, debit, credit, HSA and FSA accounts.

Herpes Test Information

Herpes Test Information

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.

Order today, test today

  • If you've Never been tested...
  • If you've had more than 1 partner...
  • If you've had unprotected sex since your last test...

Order today, test in two weeks

  • If you are only concerned about a recent sexual encounter...
  • If you want to get tested for a new infection.

Not all STDs can be detected within the same timeframe. Our doctors recommend testing again in 6 weeks to ensure the most accurate results.

Medical services included

Medical services included

STDtestexpress.com and our collaborator, Analyte Physicians Group, have helped more than 120,000 people get tested for common STDs. Our doctors have helped more than 16,000 people get the follow-up treatment they needed. We are proud to provide:

  • FDA-approved at CLIA-certified labs.
  • Fast results usually in 3 business days or less
  • Industry-best security and privacy practices
  • Live Care Advisors, available from 6am-10pm CST, 7 days a week
  • Doctor consultations, when appropriate
  • Treatment and/or referrals, when appropriate
Dr. Lisa Oldson, STD Expert