What Does a Home Herpes Test Cost?

At Home Herpes Testing Cost

At Home Herpes Testing Cost depends on how you decide to test. When you go to a clinic or doctor’s office, it’s possible that you’ll be able to use insurance to lower your expenses. However, as you’ll soon see, this option is not all its cracked up to be. In the end, testing at home might be the most economical option for you.

In today’s blog, we’ll discuss the benefits of testing for genital herpes from the comfort of your home, as well as the potential pitfalls of using insurance when you test.

Learning About Herpes

First, let’s take a closer look at herpes. In many ways, this common ailment is more than what meets the eye. For example, there are actually two strains of herpes. First is Herpes simplex type 1 or HSV-1. This is often simply referred to as “oral herpes.” The other strain is HSV-2. Most of us know this as “genital herpes.”

Let’s focus on HSV-2, since myLAB Box offers at-home testing for this type of herpes.

On the whole, genital herpes tends to be a rather slippery infection to track. It can be passed through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. During an outbreak of genital herpes, the infected area may show raised blisters or sores.

Often, these visible symptoms are easily missed. Without testing, these signs can be mistaken for a blemish or ingrown hair. To make matters worse, many carriers of HSV-2 don’t see any detectable symptoms of herpes at all. Put simply, many of us may be infected without ever even realizing it. In fact, one out of every six people in the United States between the ages of 14 and 49 contract genital herpes.

This is why testing is so important.

How Much Does an HSV-2 Herpes Test Cost with myLAB Box?

At myLAB Box, we realize that testing without insurance is a serious barrier for some people. For this reason, our home testing options are designed to be affordable without the need for insurance. In fact, you can test for the most common STDs, including herpes, from the comfort of home for only about half of the out-of-pocket cost of STD testing at clinics and other medical facilities.

For example, our home herpes test cost is only $79.

Even at this affordable price, our customers receive the same lab-certified results they would receive at those other facilities.

Is Insurance Necessary for Testing?

Believe it or not, going through insurance may not be your best option. Sure, insurance may drop the price of testing when you’re at the clinic. However, this comes with a hidden cost. When you use insurance, your testing data information is shared on something called the Medical Information Bureau database. This data is accessible by any insurance company. Think of it as a sort of “permanent record” for your health.

This problem doesn’t exist with myLAB Box. Our herpes test cost includes the most valuable thing of all – peace of mind. This means that your results will remain private. Each customer will receive their results via a secure and confidential portal online. No one else has to know.

Lowering Your Home Herpes Test Cost with FSA and HSA Payment Cards

Beyond myLAB Box’s affordable prices and unrivaled privacy, the service also accepts most Flexible Savings Account (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) payment cards.  To use your card, simply order your test as you normally would with any other payment method.

How Does a Herpes Home Test Kit Work?

Home testing is the ultimate convenience. Using a HSV-2 home test kit from myLAB Box, you can test and any time and from any place. The process couldn’t be simpler.

Here’s How Testing From Home Works:
  • Order a home testing kit (You even get free shipping!)
  • Collect a sample using the easy-to-follow instructions.
  • Send the sample off for testing. (More free shipping!)
  • Receive your lab-certified results online in just days.

So there you have it! Don’t let a lack of insurance, or your desire for privacy, stand in the way of your health! Testing for herpes at home with myLAB Box is both affordable and convenient. Now you won’t need to set foot in a doctor’s office or clinic for a HSV-2 test ever again. Instead, you choose the time and place that is most convenient for you. So don’t stress, just test!

Reviewed by Luis Ferdinand M. Papa, MD, MHA

References

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  2. Yawn B, Saddier P, Wollan P, et al. A Population-Based Study of the Incidence and Complication Rates of Herpes Zoster Before Zoster Vaccine Introduction. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2007.
  3. Koutsky LA , Ashley RL , Holmes KK , et al. The frequency of unrecognized type 2 herpes simplex virus infection among women: Implications for the control of genital herpes. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 1990.

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