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Herpes is a virus that causes sores, usually around the mouth or on the genitals. It is extremely contagious and there is no cure. Once you have herpes, you have it for life. It is important to get tested and know your status to prohibit the possibility of giving it to others.
Herpes testing is helpful in finding the herpes simplex virus (HSV), which is known to cause blisters on the lips, around the mouth, or around the genital area, depending on which type. There are two types of the herpes simplex virus: HSV type 1 and HSV type 2.
HSV type 1 causes cold sores on or around the mouth. It is usually spread from person to person through kissing or sharing utensils when open sores are present.
HSV type 2 is commonly known as genital herpes and causes sores around the vagina or penis. It is usually spread from person to person through sexual contact. HSV-2 is also known to infect babies during childbirth if the mother has the virus. About 1 in 6 adults have HSV-2 in the United States.
Getting tested is the only sure way of knowing if you have herpes. If your results come back positive, you can then take the necessary precautions and reduce the chance of spreading it to others. You are also encouraged to seek treatment to relieve symptoms and reduce outbreaks.
Personalabs offers discreet testing for both HSV 1 and 2, as well as a comprehensive panel that includes both. You can purchase the tests singularly or as part of an STD screening. Get the peace of mind you need and purchase your test today.
Disclaimer: Tests cannot be conducted at lab locations in New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.
Personalabs is unable to offer testing for any person under the age of 18.