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.