Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV-1 has been associated with oral herpes (cold sores), whereas HSV-2 has been associated with genital herpes. Our herpes test looks for the HSV-1 and HSV-2 virus using a finger prick blood sample.
After the initial infection, HSV remains dormant in certain nerve cells of the affected area of the body for life. The dormant virus may reactivate and cause recurrences. Should symptoms occur they may inlcude:
- Bleeding easily
- Painful urination
- Flu-like symptoms
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Rash on the genitals and/or anus
- Itching or irritation on the genitals and/or anus
- Unusual blisters or scabs around the mouth, genitals and/or anus
You should wait between 4 and 12 weeks from the time of sexual contact before taking the test. STDs can take a period of time to become detectable, and you should wait to ensure an accurate results. If you are sexually active, regular testing is advised.
You should also consider getting tested if:
- you used a needle or syringe to inject drugs into your body that someone with herpes has already used
- you become sexually active
- you have had unprotected sex
- you are experiencing symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease
- you are entering into a new sexual relationship
- you have received a notification from a previous partner that they are infected (STDs can remain dormant for years or take up to three weeks to become active.)
The test must be taken fasted, before 9 a.m and returned on the same day.
Herpes Simplex I (HSV-I)
Herpes Simplex I (HSV-I) is a virus which can cause oral herpes. HSV-I is a viral strain which can cause infectious blisters in and around the mouth and on the face.
Herpes Simplex II (HSV-II)
Herpes Simplex II is a virus that is responsible for genital herpes. HSV-II is a viral strain that can cause infectious blisters on the mouth, face, genitals, and rectum.
How to collect your sample
Watch our instructional video to see how easy it is to collect your sample.
How it works
Collect Your Sample
Activate your test and collect your sample in the morning. Return your sample on the same day, using the prepaid shipping label provided.
Review Accurate Results
Once your sample arrives in the laboratory, confidential results will be available from your secure online account within 2 to 5 days.
Get Medical Support
Our dedicated team of physicians and nurses are available 24/7 and will call you to explain your results and provide treatment options.
Still have questions?
Here are some questions we usually get about LetsGetChecked. If you would like yours answered, please contact us.
Activating the test connects you to the unique alphanumeric barcode within your LetsGetChecked test kit. The laboratory cannot process your sample if the test kit is not activated and linked to you.
LetsGetChecked has a team of physicians who will review your order and results. Our nursing team is on standby throughout the testing process and, if you test positive, you will receive a call to discuss your results and treatment options.
Please ensure that the sample is collected before 9am and returned immediately using the carrier method provided within the test kit. Each test includes a prepaid shipping envelope to return your samples to the laboratory.
Please do not collect or return samples on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Keeping your data secure is important to us. All data is complete anonymized to ensure that your privacy is maintained throughout the process. We will not share your information with any third party.All samples are disposed of following analysis.
Your samples are processed in the same labs used by primary care providers, hospitals and government schemes.
LetsGetChecked laboratories are CLIA approved and CAP-accredited, which are the highest levels of accreditation.
Tests kits are manufactured within our ISO 13485 accredited facility, the highest level of accreditation for medical devices.