Oral Herpes Testing
Our Accurate Oral Herpes Test
All our testing centers use a modern test to screen for oral herpes. This is a CLIA test that is certified and screens for antibodies created by the body to combat the herpes simplex virus. The test uses a small blood sample which means you will not have to undress or go through the uncomfortable swab process. Our tests are highly accurate with a 97% specificity and 96% sensitivity rate.
What You Need To Know About Oral Herpes Testing
How We Test For Oral Herpes
Our testing centers use a blood sample to test for oral herpes. This means you will not have to go through the uncomfortable process of undressing or swabbing.
Oral Herpes Test Preparation
It’s a blood test that does not require any special preparations.
When is The Right Time For An Oral Herpes Test?
The right time for an oral herpes test is 4 to 6 weeks after potential exposure to the virus. It is important to include herpes in your routine STD test if you have had unprotected sex or exchanged semen or saliva with someone whose status you do not know.
What Do Oral Herpes Test Results Mean?
If the results come back negative, there are no traces of the virus. If they come back positive, the test found the virus in your blood.
Is There A Cure For Oral Herpes?
Unfortunately, oral herpes has no cure. However, there are antiviral medications that can manage the infection effectively. This means there will be no or reduced outbreaks and less severe symptoms. The treatment will also reduce chances of transmission.
Who Should Get An Oral Herpes Test?
Everyone who has had sexual contact or come into contact with bodily fluids should get tested. You do not have to have sexual intercourse to get infected. This fight against this common STD starts with knowing your status.
When Should I Get Tested?
Now is the best time to get tested for oral herpes. Knowing your status puts you in control of your sexual health. If you have recently engaged in sexual contact with someone whose status you are not aware of, it’s time to get that STD test. You should test after 4 to 6 weeks after potential exposure to oral herpes. You also need to test after three months to confirm the results.
If you decide to get tested, it is a good idea to get the comprehensive STD test which will screen for 10 most common sexually transmitted diseases. This is because having one infection puts you at risk of other infections.