At InOut Labs, we offer herpes testing and can test for most common STDs. You do not need a doctor’s order to be tested for herpes and results are confidential.
InOut Labs provides private, confidential tests for all STDs and HIV. Same day testing available.
What is Herpes?
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is a viral infection which around 65% of Americans have.There are 2 common types of Herpes: Herpes Simplex 1 and Herpes Simplex 2.
Both types can infect oral or genital areas, but a simple way to think of it is, HSV 1 usually comes in the form of a cold sore around your mouth area. HSV 2 is most often found in the genital region.It’s estimated that at least 50 million Americans have genital herpes infection.
Symptoms of Herpesorks
Testing for Herpes
InOut Labs test for herpes with a simple blood test. The herpes test checks for antibodies that develop to fight the infection.
Since most people are only concerned about herpes simplex 2, that is the test included in our STD Panels. We can test for herpes simplex 1 on request, but most people test positive and in the vast majority of cases it causes undue alarm.
Because the window period for the antibodies to develop after herpes infection can vary greatly, it’s possible to have a false-negative test. If you believe you’ve been infected with herpes, test 3 weeks after exposure and again 3 or even 6 months later to confirm results.
There are approximately 1 million new genital herpes cases reported each year in the USA. Millions more go unreported. This is why it’s highly recommended to wear condoms each time you have sexual intercourse.
Herpes testing is available only in our Morton Grove clinic. You can order a herpes test on its own, or as part of one of our STD Panels.