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How To Test For Herpes

Genital herpes is a viral infection transmitted to men or women during oral, vaginal or anal sex. There 2 forms of herpes HSV-1 and HSV-2 (simplex 1 and 2). People with HSV-2 infection may never experience any signs or conditions such as sores and they experience very mild symptoms that may be unnoticed and mistaken for insect bites. HSV-1 infected individuals will experience outbreaks and may experience appearance of painful blisters, fevers and muscle aches. When blisters break, individuals will feel extreme pain in these areas and these broken blisters may not heal for up to 14 days.

There few options on how to test for herpes. You can visit our confidential location, where our doctors can look at your outbreak and tell you if you have HSV-1 or HSV-2 type of genital herpes. To be certain if you have herpes, it will require a blood test. Taking blood for testing will determine if sores are herpes sores or not. Blood test for herpes looks for antibody levels and blood test can show if person has been infected with genital herpes or not, even in between outbreaks.

Another way to test for herpes is at home. We can mail you cotton swabs kit and you can scrape your blisters and mail us cotton swabs so we can test it for genital herpes. This test called PCR and fluid collected from the blisters is tested for herpes DNA. PCR test considered to be the most accurate, hoverer it can only be performed on visible blisters, meaning only during an outbreak.

After you have been tested for herpes and it is determined that you have genital herpes, it is time to get treated. Currently there no known cure for genital herpes. Individuals with genital herpes are given antiviral medication that can help relieving pain during herpes outbreaks. The biggest problem is that body gets used to the medication and as years go by, it becomes harder and harder to treat as medication becomes less effective. Antiviral medication also brings set of side effects in to the picture. Individuals taking the medication to treat outbreaks may experience rash, seizures, nausea, headache and fatigue. Do not wear any synthetic clothing over blisters or synthetic pants. Use soap and water to gently clean infected areas. Try to take warm bath as it may help relieving some of the pain.

When diagnosed with genital herpes, the most important is to understand complications of passing it to other people. Even if you don’t have outbreaks, it is possible to pass genital herpes infection to other people. There also a risk of passing genital herpes to a newborn baby. The risk of the baby getting herpes becomes even greater if mother gets infected with genital herpes during pregnancy as well as if infected mother is having outbreak during delivery. Rare category of people may develop severe infection, where herpes blisters may affect eyes, brain, lungs or spinal cord. These people are usually having weakened immune system due to conditions such as HIV/AIDS, people who are under chemo therapy or who are taking high doses of cortisone.

It is very important to get tested for genital herpes and our professionals are here 24/7 – 365 days per year helping men and women to get information on how to get tested for herpes and treat it. Call our toll free line at .