Defend Yourself With an HSV-2 Herpes At Home Test
It’s time to take a herpes at home test! Believe it or not, herpes is one of the most common infections in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every six people between 14 and 49 years of age are carrying a strain of this infection.
A herpes at home test is the most convenient way to take full control of your sexual health. If you are not convinced, this blog post will show you the light!
Getting Up to Speed on Herpes
Even though it is a familiar infection, herpes is more complicated than it first appears. Keeping this in mind, let’s take a moment to fully understand this complex STI. Since this is such an elaborate infection to fully explain in a single blog post, let’s focus on just genital herpes. You see, there are two types of viruses that can cause genital herpes:
- Oral herpes, or Herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1)
- Genital herpes, or Herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2).
Currently, myLAB Box offers convenient at-home testing specifically for HSV-2. With that in mind, let’s learn a bit more about HSV-2.
Digging Deeper into Genital Herpes (HSV-2)
HSV-2 can be passed through vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone carrying the infection. Typically, during a genital herpes outbreak, the infection can look like blisters or sores that appear in the genital or rectal area. These bumps are often mistaken for a blemish or ingrown hair.
For women, a vaginal or pelvic infection may also include bleeding between periods, pain while urinating, headaches, body aches or flu-like symptoms. For penile infections, men may experience swelling or discomfort in the groin nodes. As you can see, this confusion leaves many of us unaware of our status. Making matters worse, you may not notice any visible symptoms at all.
It is very common to have several outbreaks, especially in the first year of contracting this virus. However, when it remains untreated, whether or not symptoms have been present, serious complications may result. For instance, lesions on the cervix can lead to cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix).
Herpes and Pregnant Women
For pregnant women, there are additional reasons to fear genital herpes. As an example, the infection can be passed on to the baby. Ultimately, this may lead to miscarriage or premature birth. Prenatal herpes, which can be fatal, is also a possible complication for the fetus.
Herpes and HIV
Anyone who contracts HSV-2 will be at greater risk for HIV. The sores often associated with herpes can break easily. HIV is transferred through blood, so these broken sores are easy access points for infection when they come into contact with the mouth, vagina, or rectum of someone who is HIV-positive. In the end, it increases your chances of contracting the virus. A herpes at home test will better help you assess your risks.
Taking a Herpes At Home Test
Thankfully, screening for genital herpes is a snap! Herpes at home test kits couldn’t be easier to use.
Here’s how it works:
- Order an HSV-2 home testing kit online. (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.
Herpes isn’t curable, but it is treatable. If you test positive with myLAB Box’s herpes at home test kit, we will connect you with a free phone consultation with a physician. That way, you can keep a close eye on the infection. This will keep your partner(s) safe, and help to greatly diminish your outbreaks!
Maximum Testing Options
While you’re testing for herpes, why not test for other common sexually transmitted infections at the same time? Kill a few birds with one stone, as the saying goes! By using one of myLAB Box’s handy combination kits, you’re able to screen for multiple infections at once using a single sample set.
There are several testing options for your at home herpes test kit:
- Uber Box: this 8-panel test kit screens for HSV-2, but also HIV (I & II), Hepatitis C, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Trichomoniasis.
- Love Box: this 8-panel test kit screens for the same infections that are included with the Uber Box, but includes a second test so that couples can test together.
- Total Box: this comprehensive 14-panel test screens for HIV (I & II), Hepatitis C, HSV-2, Syphilis, Chlamydia (genital, throat, + rectal), Gonorrhea (genital, throat, + rectal, Trichomoniasis and Mycoplasma genitalium. Women who are 30 years of age and older can add the option to test for HPV as well.
Test with Confidence
No matter what kit you choose, using an HSV-2 herpes at home test is far less time-consuming than going to a clinic or doctor’s office. You’ll receive the same lab-certified quality results without having to spend a morning in a waiting room or scheduling additional follow-up appointments.
myLAB Box offers maximum convenience without leaving home, and peace of mind without the hassle.