Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Testing

Herpes is one of the most common STDs in the United States, and many people do not 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, called the herpes simplex virus:

  • herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1): (most often causes oral herpes)
  • herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2): (most often causes genital herpes)

There is no cure for herpes, however medicines are available to manage the disease and prevent an outbreak.

About Oral Herpes

Oral herpes is common, and it most often shows up as cold sores around the mouth. Most people get the virus as children by exchanging saliva (through non-sexual contact). Though oral herpes is not considered an STD necessarily, if someone has oral herpes, they may transfer the virus to their partner and it could become oral or genital herpes, depending on the sexual act.

About Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is considered an STD. This is spread by having any form of sex with someone else who has herpes. 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 may itch, burn and ooze. It’s best to see a doctor to get treated for herpes.

Who should get tested for herpes?

To screen for herpes, we use a blood test.

There are no routine screenings recommended for herpes, however 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 can help if you need to test for herpes or any other STD.