Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Testing
Herpes is among the most prevelant STDs in our country, and a lot of people don’t even know they have it.
- 1 out of every 6 adolescents and young adults (ages 14-49) have genital herpes
- As many as 90% of those with genital herpes do not know they have it
Herpes is an STD that’s caused by one of two viruses:
- herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1): (most often causes oral herpes)
- herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2): (most often causes genital herpes)
Although there’s not a cure for herpes, medicines are available to manage the disease and reduce outbreaks.
A Look at Oral Herpes
Oral herpes is common, and it typically manifests as cold sores around the mouth. Most people contract the virus as children by exchanging saliva (through non-sexual contact). Though oral herpes is not considered an STD, it can be spread through sexual contact.
About Genital Herpes
Genital herpes is an STD spread through sexual contact with an infected partner. During a herpes outbreak, blisters may form:
- Males may spot blisters around the penis, testicles or anus
- Females may spot blisters around the vagina or anus
Blisters can itch, burn and ooze. It’s best to see a doctor for proper treatment.
Who should get screened for herpes?
Blood testing is used to screen for herpes.
There are no routine screenings recommended for herpes, but you can ask a doctor to examine you or run blood tests if:
- You want peace of mind
- You’ve had sex with someone who has herpes
- You’re seeing blisters and want to know if you carry the herpes virus
Test Smartly Labs is here to help if you need to test for herpes or any other STD.