What is HSV-2? Taking an At Home Herpes Test
To really understand everything you need to know about taking an at-home genital herpes test, you first need to know about the infection and how to avoid it.
There are two types of herpes. Herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) is also known as oral herpes. On the other hand, Herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2) refers to genital herpes. Since genital herpes is the herpes test that myLAB Box offers, let’s dive into this strain of the infection.
What is HSV-2?
Genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STI) in the United States. In fact, one in six people in the U.S. between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes. You can contract this infection through oral, anal or vaginal sex. Since it usually appears in the form of blisters or sores, it can easily be mistaken as a blemish or ingrown hair.
However, just because there are no symptoms doesn’t mean that there is no infection. Many times, there are no visible signs or symptoms to alert you of this infection’s presence. Instead, the only way to know for sure whether you have this STI is to use a herpes test. This step is the most vital one of all. Not getting tested also means not being diagnosed and treated. In turn, you can potentially spread the infection, and cause unnecessary health complications for yourself and others.
Taking an At-Home Herpes Test
Luckily, myLAB Box offers the most convenient and easy way to get tested. You can take control of your own health by testing for the most common STIs from the comfort of your home. In fact, there are three at-home testing options for genital herpes:
This test specifically screens for HSV-2. This is a popular option for those who think or know that they have been in contact with this infection.
This kit tests for: HIV (I & II), Hepatitis C, HSV-2, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Trichomoniasis. In addition, the Love Box includes two Uber Box test kits so that couples can test together.
This is the most comprehensive at-home test on the market. myLAB Box’s 14-panel test screens for the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. This includes: HIV (I & II), Hepatitis C, HSV-2, Syphilis, Chlamydia (genital, throat and rectal), Gonorrhea (genital, throat and rectal), Trichomoniasis, Mycoplasma genitalium. Women who are 30 years of age or older can add an HPV option. You can also add an optional HPV test.
Here’s how it works:
- Order a 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.
While genital herpes is not curable, it is treatable. Doing so can help you to manage symptoms and prevent the spread of the infection to others. If you happen to test positive with a myLAB Box at-home herpes test, you will have a free phone consultation with a local physician. If you live in a state that allows telemedicine (and most do!), this physician can also prescribe your treatment. Bottom line? Being tested is your best course of defense against genital herpes.