Who should get tested for herpes?
As a general rule, you don’t need to get tested if you have never had any symptoms. Although the majority of people who carry the virus don’t have any symptoms, testing is only recommended in people who have symptoms.
There is no cure for herpes and treatment is only useful to people who suffer from outbreaks. Therefore, knowing that you have the virus won’t be very helpful to you unless you have symptoms.
However, if you have sores or any other genital herpes symptoms it is important that you get diagnosed. Getting diagnosed means that you can get an antiviral treatment to help with the symptoms. It is also important to have sores or blisters around your genitals checked to make sure that you do indeed suffer from herpes rather than a different infection which requires treatment.
Note - Due to a national increase in coronavirus testing, our test lab partners are experiencing delays of up to 3-4 days when delivering results from other test kits. We ask for your patience and compassion during these unprecedented times, and we're deeply grateful for your continued understanding.