All About Herpes: Get Educated before your Genital Herpes Test
Take charge of your sexual health with STDClinic’s discreet Genital Herpes test. Read on to learn more about Genital Herpes symptoms, testing, and treatment.
Genital Herpes Overview
One in six people aged 16-49 are infected with a herpes virus. One type of herpes, HSV-2, manifests in genital warts and blisters. Get screened for this common STD at STDClinic.com
Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus that affects the genital areas of a person. It tends to manifest in ulcer-like sores around the genital area. It’s generally thought to be caused by the HSV-2 virus
Once you’re infected, there’s no cure, but outbreaks usually clear on their own. This viral infection affected 12% of the population in 2015 alone. At present, 16% of Americans are infected. You can reduce outbreaks with antiviral medications.
It’s important for you and your sexual partners to routinely check for STIs just to be safe.
Not everyone who is infected with Herpes will have symptoms. When you are infected with symptoms, you’re likely to have occasional flare ups over time.
Symptoms in men include:
- Blisters in the mouth, genital area, and/or anus
- High temperature
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Joint pain all over the body
- Memory loss
- Eye infection
- Nausea and vomiting
Symptoms in women include
- Sores on the lips, vagina, cervix, and/or anus
- Body pain
- Itchy feeling around the genitals
- Abnormal vaginal secretions
- Pain during urination
- Unable to urinate
- Malaise and nausea
- Eye disorders
- Recurrent brain fog
When left undiagnosed, the HSV-2 Herpes virus can lead to complications.
When to Check
If you’re experiencing oral ulcers or genital blister flare-ups, it’s a good idea to get tested for herpes
How do you contract Genital Herpes?
Genital herpes is easily contracted by direct contact skin or residual membranes of the infected.
NOTE: If you suspect you may have an STI, it is highly recommended that you stop having sex until you’ve recieved medical advice. Doing so ensures you and any potential partners lessen the risk of spreading disease.
Preparation for Testing
The Herpes test is a standard blood test, and doesn’t require any special preparation before testing.
Select and order your test online. You'll receive an order confirmation with all the information you need to take your blood test.
Go to the clinic nearest you and take your blood test. Be sure to bring the confirmation email with you to the clinic!
Receive your results on STDClinic.com
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Medically reviewed byon April 1st, 2021.
- Genital Herpes - CDC Fact Sheet https://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/stdfact-herpes.htm