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All About Herpes: Get Educated before your Genital Herpes Test

by Marissa Lynch

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

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
  • Fatigue
  • High temperature
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Headache
  • 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
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • 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.

  • 1. Schedule

    Select and order your test online. You'll receive an order confirmation with all the information you need to take your blood test.

  • 2. Get Tested

    Go to the clinic nearest you and take your blood test. Be sure to bring the confirmation email with you to the clinic!

  • 3. Results

    Receive your results on

Know Your Treatments

  • There is no vaccine to treat herpes, but there are antiviral medications that can help temper symptoms. Speak to your doctor about the method of preventative care and treatment that is best for you.
  • To learn more, speak to your doctor to get personalized information about your diagnosis. With your test results, you’re one step closer to making informed decisions about your sexual health.
  • Be sure to retest one month after starting treatment to be sure you are free of the infection. You and your partner are recommended not to engage in sexual relations until you’ve finished your prescription.
  • Take control of your sexual health.
    Buy your Chlamydia test on STDClinic today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an STD?

An STD, or sexually transmitted disease, is an infection that is primarily transmitted through sexual fluids during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Sometimes, STDs are referred to as “venereal diseases.” Many STDs can be cured when they are properly diagnosed. Get tested for STDs at

How can I know if I have an STD?

Since some STDs are asymptomatic, the only way to really know if you have an STD is to get tested. Order your STD test online here.

What are STD symptoms?

Some typical STD symptoms include bumps, redness, and swelling around the genital area, but each STD has different symptoms- and some show no symptoms at all. Get tested to be sure about your sexual health status.

How does work?

STDClinic makes it easy to get discreet, fast STD blood and urine test results. First, select and purchase the test you want. Then, download your proof of purchase form- also called a “requisition form”- and bring it to the clinic. Take your test at the clinic nearest you. Afterwards, see your results online.

How does it work?

To use, order the test panel you would like to take from our homepage. From there, you can check out. Once payment is received and you are registered, you will be given a requisition form on your “My Orders” tab to download. Print this form and take it to a clinic near you. You can find the clinics close to you with our lab locator tool. Take the test at the clinic. Your results will be available on within 24-48 hours.

Is Herpes curable?

There is no cure for Herpes. However, there are antiviral creams and dedicates that can shorten outbreaks. Speak to your doctor about the course of treatment that is best for you. Herpes can be tested with a simple blood test, or identified by a qualified doctor.
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Medically reviewed by Zion Ben Refael, MD on April 1st, 2021.


  1. Genital Herpes - CDC Fact Sheet

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