Our clinicians use the type-specific Chemiluminescence immunoassay (CLIA) test to look for the specific antibodies that fight the herpes-1 virus in your blood. The technicians in our CLIA-certified labs take a small blood sample to conduct the test. No undressing or uncomfortable swabbing is necessary.
All laboratory testing, including STD tests, accuracy rates are measured in terms of sensitivity and specificity. Our FDA-cleared herpes type 1 test has a sensitivity rate of 96% and a specificity of 97%.
Our oral herpes test uses a blood sample. There is no undressing or uncomfortable swabbing necessary.
No preparation or fasting is needed for oral herpes (herpes-1) testing.
Our clinicians recommend testing for oral herpes 4-6 weeks after initial exposure. Getting tested for oral herpes should be a part of your routine STD screening if you have had unprotected oral sex or have come in contact with HSV-1 infected fluids such as saliva or semen.
If your results are negative, there are no signs of oral herpes in your body. If positive, oral herpes was found.
No. There is no cure for the oral herpes (herpes-1) virus but it is possible to manage the symptoms through antiviral drugs. These drugs do not rid the body of the virus, they help control outbreaks and prevent transmission of oral herpes to your partner.
Oral Herpes is a fairly common STD and anyone who has had unprotected oral sex or come in contact with infected bodily fluids needs testing. Since Herpes-1 symptoms do not always show up, it is important to get tested even when you do not see signs that you may have been infected.
Today is the right time to test for Oral Herpes. Know your STD status now.
If you had recent oral sex with someone whose STD status you do not know, it is important that you get tested for oral herpes. Our clinicians recommend testing 4-6 weeks after exposure for accurate results. If you believe you have been exposed, it is advisable to re-test after 3 months to confirm an earlier result, especially if it was negative.
Also if you have not been tested for other STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV-1, HIV-2, hepatitis A, B, C or herpes-2, in the last year, our clinicians recommend taking the all-inclusive 10 Test Panel to ensure that you are completely STD free.
We also offer a chlamydia-gonorrhea test panel. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are known as co-existing infections, meaning that having one infection may put you at risk of having the other.
For answers to your questions about testing for oral herpes (HSV-1), call our Care Advisors at 1-800-456-2323.
Medically Reviewed by J. Frank Martin JR., MD on June 18, 2019
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