About Herpes simplex virus i and 2 (swab)
What is herpes simplex virus 1 and 2?
Herpes is caused by two types of herpes simplex viruses (also known as herpes): herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). HSV-1 typically causes oral herpes and HSV-2 typically causes genital herpes. Whilst both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be spread by skin-to-skin contact, HSV-1 is often passed on by someone who doesn’t show symptoms, whereas HSV-2 is passed on by sexual contact with a person whose genitals are infected.
Symptoms include cold sores and blisters around the mouth (HSV-1), or sores below the waist, often affecting the genitals and rectum (HSV-2). HSV is common and once caught, the virus will remain in the body for the rest of life without necessarily causing symptoms. Triggers such as stress or sunlight may cause an outbreak.
Why take this test?
This test collects fluid and skin from a site of HSV infection and is an accurate and fast test for diagnosis of an HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection. This test is particularly useful for people showing symptoms of a herpes infection.
How it works
Purchase your Kit
Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to your door unless you are ordering a COVID-19 Fit to Fly test where you will be given appointment options to attend our clinics across the United Kingdom for a nose and throat swab PCR test at the checkout stage.
Take your test and post
Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse. For COVID-19 Fit to Fly tests you must attend one of our partner clinics for our trained collection officers to take your sample. You will then have the results emailed to you.
Get results directly to your dashboard
You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.
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