Herpes I/II (Swab Sample, result in 6 days)

Testing Overview

clockLab Visit

15 Minute walk-in appointment.

samplesSample Required

Sample SwabSwab

dateResult Turnaround

usually in 6 business days

More About Herpes I/II (Swab Sample, result in 6 days)

Herpes simplex testing is performed to identify an acute herpes infection or to detect herpes antibodies, an indication of a previous exposure to herpes. In this case blood sample is required. One of the most common viral infections, herpes simplex virus (HSV) exists as two main types, HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both types are contagious and periodically cause small fever-blisters that break to form open lesions (Swab or urine sample). HSV-1 primarily causes blisters or "cold sores" around the oral cavity (swab) and mouth (swab), while HSV-2 usually causes lesions around the genital are (urine sample).
The herpes simplex virus is transmitted through skin contact while the sores are open and sometimes asymptomatically when there are no visible sores. HSV-2 is frequently a sexually transmitted disease, but HSV-1 also may be acquired during oral sex and found in the genital area. Because symptoms may be mild, 90% of those who have HSV-2 may be unaware that they have been infected.
Painful blisters may appear at the site of first infection, usually within two weeks after the virus is transmitted and usually heal within two to four weeks. The blisters can appear in the vaginal area, on the penis, around the anus, or on the buttocks or thighs. This primary episode can include a second outbreak of blisters and even flu-like symptoms of fever and swollen glands. However, not everyone develops blisters and sometimes symptoms are so mild that they are unnoticeable or mistaken for something else, such as insectbites or a rash.

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Herpes I/II

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