At our Clinic we offer different tests for Herpes, as a stand alone or as part of a broader sti testing profiles.
1. What is Herpes?
Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types, both can infect the genital and anal area (genital herpes), the mouth and nose (cold sores) and fingers and hands (whitlow)
2. How Do You Become Infected With Herpes?
The virus enters the body via small cracks in the skin. It is transmitted through skin to skin contact; through touching or rubbing. This usually occurs during unprotected sexual intercourse (vaginal, oral or anal)
3.What are the Symptoms of Herpes?
Most people with Herpes infection don’t realise they have it. Only 1 in 5 people with Herpes will know they have it, but you may experience the following;
Small blisters that burst to leave red open sores around genitals, rectum, thighs or buttocks
- Blisters and ulcers on the cervix
- Vaginal discharge in women
- Pain when you pass urine
- General feeling of being unwell
- Cold sores
4. Should I Get Tested for Herpes?
If you are worried about that you have Herpes there are a number of tests available.
Herpes is best diagnosed by swabbing a blister or an ulcer. A Herpes blood test is also available but please see the GP to discuss this further.
5.How Will I get My Herpes Test Results?
A doctor will email you the results once we have them back- normally within 5 days using the standard screening method.
If the result is positive, we may ask for you to return to the clinic so we can discuss the results and offer treatment and further care
6. How Do You Treat Herpes?
The Doctor will advise on a suitable treatment plan for you. This could include antiviral medication and painkillers such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatory medication
7.What About My Partner?
If your partner has never had any signs of genital herpes, it is not necessary for them to attend for testing. During your consultation we can discuss ways to prevent your partner becoming infected. If your partner is pregnant or if your partner thinks they previously had herpes or is worried about your diagnosis, we would refer them to GUM clinic in NHS for advice.