What is a Herpes test?

There are two types of herpes virus, Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1, also known as HSV-1, is associated with painless cold sores on the lips and can be spread by kissing or sharing eating utensils. Type 2, is HSV-2, which can result in genital herpes, wherein painful sores develop in the genital area.

Who should get this test?

This test may be ordered if you have symptoms of Herpes.

  • You have concern for herpes infection either oral (cold sore) or genital.
  • You have a painful rash on genitals.
  • You have been sexually active with a partner with a painful rash or known history of herpes.
  • You had unprotected sex and or have had multiple partners.
  • One or both of you or your partner may be infected with STD.
  • You are or may be pregnant and are susceptible to contracting STD.
  • You are an organ transplant recipient or donor.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?

No preparation or fasting required. Just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.


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