Herpes Test to detect herpes simplex virus antibodies. Collect your sample at home and get confidential online results in 2 to 5 days.
We test for:
Herpes Simplex I (HSV-I) and
Herpes Simplex II (HSV-II)
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. The herpes test looks for the HSV-1 and HSV-2 virus using a finger prick blood sample collected at home.
About this test
About this test
When to collect your sample
Before you collect your sample:
You should wait 12 weeks from the time of sexual contact before taking the test. The test will show if you have developed antibodies for either HSV-I or HSV-II. HSV antibodies can take a period of time to become detectable, and you should wait to ensure accurate results. If you are sexually active, regular testing is advised.
When to collect your sample:
The sample must be collected using the home collection kit* provided before 10 am on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and returned on the same day.
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 include:
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
Who should take this test
You should 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 infection
You are entering into a new sexual relationship
You have received a notification from a previous partner that they are infected
If you suspect that you have an active herpes infection, a swab by a healthcare provider may be required
What do we test for?
Herpes Simplex I (HSV-I)
Herpes Simplex I (HSV-I) is a virus which can cause infectious blisters in and around the mouth and on the face. This test uses a blood sample to detect HSV-I antibodies. The body develops antibodies against an HSV-I infection and these antibodies remain in your system for life.
Herpes Simplex II (HSV-II)
Herpes Simplex II (HSV-II) is a virus which can cause infectious blisters on the mouth, face, genitals and rectum. This test uses a blood sample to detect HSV-II antibodies. The body develops antibodies against an HSV-II infection and these antibodies remain in your system for life.
How it works
Collect your sample
Activate your collection kit 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 clinical team are here to support you and may call you to explain your results and provide guidance on your next steps.
Still have questions?
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Activating the kit connects you to the unique alphanumeric barcode within your LetsGetChecked sample collection kit box. The laboratory cannot process your sample if the kit is not activated and linked to you. You should only activate your kit when you are ready to take your sample.
Yes. LetsGetChecked has a team of doctors, nurses, and healthcare clinicians who will review your order and results and have created detailed result breakdowns for your testing journey.
Our clinical team is on standby throughout the testing process and, if your test results are abnormal, you will receive a call to discuss your results and the next steps.
For this test, a capillary (finger prick) blood sample is required. This sample is collected from the comfort of home using the sample collection kit and easy-to-follow instructions provided.
The sample must be collected before 10 am on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and returned on the same day. Each of our kits includes a prepaid delivery envelope to return your samples to the laboratory.
Please do not collect or return samples on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
Your samples are processed in the same labs used by primary care providers, hospitals, and government programs.
LetsGetChecked laboratories are CPA-approved and ISO accredited, which are the highest levels of accreditation.
Sample collection kits are manufactured within our ISO 13485 accredited facility, the highest level of accreditation for medical devices.
Keeping your personal data secure is important to us. We use appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure security and confidentiality of your information, and only share your information where required to deliver our products and services or where we have a legal basis to do so. All samples are disposed of following analysis.
We don't accept insurance at this time. We work to keep our tests as affordable as possible and our test costs are generally lower than the costs incurred from a trip to a healthcare provider.