Herpes (HSV) 1 & 2 TestScreen for herpes, a sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Read more
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It is not always possible to know if you have herpes because you may or may not have symptoms.
Symptoms can include:
- Tingling, burning, or itching before the blisters appear
- Painful, fluid-filled blisters around the site of infection
- Flu-like symptoms such as fever, swollen glands, or body aches
Often, the symptoms are mild and may be mistaken for other conditions such as pimples, warts, or ingrown hairs.
Testing is the only way to know for sure if you have herpes or any other sexually transmitted infection.
While there is no cure for herpes, it can be treated with prescription medication. Even though the virus will remain in your body, medication will help to lessen your symptoms and decrease the number of outbreaks.
After your results are ready, you’ll have the option to talk with a healthcare provider at no additional cost to you to discuss next steps. You may also be eligible for HSV 2 treatment. It’s important to share your results with a healthcare provider who can offer further guidance about your health.
The best way to protect yourself is to practice safe sex. Using condoms or dental dams during sex will lower the risk of getting herpes. You may also consider:
- Asking your partner if they have any STDs
- Avoiding sex with someone who has sores on their genitals
- Avoiding oral sex with someone who has sores on their mouth or lips