HSV 2 (Genital Herpes) Testing

When you visit a lab and get tested for Genital Herpes, the testing methodology that we use is called Immunoassay (IA). A small amount of your blood will be drawn to conduct the test. You will not be subject to an uncomfortable swabbing procedure and there is no need for you to remove your clothing.

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Avoid urinating for at least one hour before arrival.

Sample Needed

This test requires a blood sample only

Test Time

5-10 Minutes


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Doctor Consultation

One of our doctors will call you if you test positive

Will I Need A Blood Or Urine Sample?

The HSV-2 test requires a blood sample. Upon arrival at the testing facility, a small amount of blood will be drawn. This test includes no invasive swabs or scraping.

What Will The Results Show?

Your test for HSV-2 will simply indicate whether or not the disease is detectable by stating positive or negative. If your result says positive, that means that Herpes Type 2 was detected. If your results say negative, you do not have HSV-2.

Do I Need To Fast Before The Test?

There is no need to abstain from eating or drinking before the test.

Can HSV-2 Be Cured?

There is no cure for Herpes Type 2. There are treatments available to alleviate outbreaks and other symptoms. Your doctor will be able to prescribe you medication if you receive a positive result for the Herpes simplex virus 2.

Should I Get Tested For HSV-2?

Herpes Type 2 is a both highly contagious disease. If you are sexually active, getting a herpes test is highly recommended. It is possible to be carrying the disease without having symptoms.

How Long Does A HSV-2 Test Take?

When you get tested for HSV-2 (genital herpes), you'll spend 10-15 minutes in the lab and then your test results will typically be available in two business days.

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What If I Test Positive for Herpes 2?

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If you test positive for HSV-2 one of our board certified physicians may attempt to reach out to you on the phone for a free post-test consultation. If you are unavailable by phone, we will reach out to you at the email address provided when you purchase your test. On your consultation call, our doctor will explain your results to you and what options you have for treatment. While there is no known cure for HSV-2 there are effective treatments available to manage and reduce symptoms. HSV-2 is usually found on and around the genitals, but it can also be found on the mouth. Being tested for HSV-1 and HSV-2 at the same time is advised. Stop Worrying! Get Tested.

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