Your At Home Test for Herpes: What You Need to Know
Do you have some questions about taking an at home test for herpes? A lot of our customers certainly do. We are frequently asked about testing options. These can include:
- “What exactly is herpes?”
- “What are the Symptoms to HSV-2?”
- “Why use an at home test for herpes like HSV-2?”
In today’s post, we’ll shed some light on these questions and more.
What exactly is Herpes?
Herpes can be complicated. To keep it simple, herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI). Two common types often come up when talking about sexual health are caused by either herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) or type 1 (HSV-1).
The strains are similar, but have key differences that everyone should learn about. When it comes to HSV-2, commonly known as genital herpes, this strain infects the genital and rectal areas of the body. It arises due to penile-vaginal sex or penile-anal sex.
The other type of herpes, HSV-1, infects the genital area as a result of transmission from the mouth to the genital area via oral sex. Additionally, HSV-1, commonly known as oral herpes, can also be transmitted genitally by penile-vaginal sex or penile-anal sex.
Keep in mind, it is still possible to contract herpes from an infected person that is not displaying any visible symptoms. To reduce your risk, it is important to wear condoms. Beyond testing, safe sex is a powerful first line of defense.
What are the Symptoms of HSV-2?
HSV-2 doesn’t always show visible symptoms, but that doesn’t mean a person is in the clear. Still, when it comes to fighting the spread of herpes, knowing is half the battle.
Here are some signs to keep an eye out for:
Symptoms of herpes:
- Painful sore or bump on your genitals
- A painful sore or bump by your upper thighs
- Painful growth, sore or bump by your anus
Symptoms of a herpes outbreak:
- Blisters on your genitals
- Blisters that break and become painful sores
- Other symptoms may include: fever, body aches, swollen glands, and fatigue
Why Use an At Home Test for Herpes?
myLAB Box customers can order a herpes test online for HSV-2 and get tested from the comfort of home. That’s a great relief for any person too busy of a schedule to set up medical appointments. Also, no need to wait in a waiting room. It only takes about five minutes to collect your sample for an at home test for herpes.
More specifically, myLAB Box offers an at home test for genital herpes by testing for HSV-2 antibodies. myLAB Box does not offer testing for HSV-1 antibodies because of difficulty interpreting these test results. You can learn more about this particular test from our specific Genital Herpes Test blog.
To order, choose the at home test for herpes (or any other home STD tests that best fit your needs) from the myLAB Box storefront. Within a few days, a discrete package will arrive in the mail.
Is There a Cure for Herpes?
Unfortunately, at this time, medical science has not discovered a cure for this STI. If a test comes back positive for HSV-2, it’s important to realize that this is a lifelong disease. But fear not! Outbreaks are relatively easy to manage and it doesn’t have to control your life nor define who you are. Additionally, proper treatment and medication can help minimize outbreaks and symptoms. It can also lower the risk of someone passing the infection to a partner.
For this reason, screening for HSV-2 is important for anyone looking to maintain their sexual health. Using an at home test for herpes, like the HSV-2 test myLAB Box offers, makes the process easy and convenient.
How Often Should I Get an STD Test?
Again, HSV-2 is very common, so regular testing is recommended. We put together a guide to help quickly inform you on the different times to test for HSV-2 and other STIs. Set a schedule for routine screenings. This will give you total control over your sexual health.
Reviewed by Luis Ferdinand M. Papa, MD, MHA