At Home Herpes Test for Men & Women
Herpes Blood Test —
Finger Prick STD Check for Genital Herpes
At Home Herpes Test
Herpes blood test kit with easy finger prick sample collection. This at-home herpes test for men and women allows you to screen for herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2), a prevalent sexually transmitted infection (STI) known as genital herpes. It’s an ideal STD test if you’ve been notified about a potential exposure, or concerned about the status of a recent sexual partner. Opt for this self STD check up if you’re looking for easy home sample collection with guaranteed privacy and rapid, accurate results.
- Detects genital herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2)
- Finger prick sample collection
- Same lab tests offered by physicians & hospitals
- Shipped free in discreet packaging
- Many STDs share the same symptoms, upgrade to our most popular STD panel for maximum assurance – add chlamydia, gonorrhea, Hepatitis C, HIV, syphilis & trich to your herpes test kit
4U Health At Home Herpes Test
When To Get a Herpes STD Check
We advise waiting at least 3 weeks from the time of a potential herpes (HSV-2) exposure before undergoing a STD test, as it may take some time for herpes to become detectable.
This herpes STD check might be right for you if:
- You want to rule out herpes exposure
- Become sexually active
- Engage in sexual activity
- Start a new sexual relationship
- Receive notification of herpes infection from a previous partner
- Concerned about the status of a recent sexual partner
- Confirm your negative herpes status, retest four months after a negative result
- You are having herpes (HSV-2) symptoms
- Small, painful blisters on or around the genitals, or rectum
- Blisters and sores on the buttocks, thighs and groin
- Burning or itching sensation of the skin in one area of the penis, scrotum, vagina, labia, or anus
- Pain or difficulty urinating
- Discharge from the vagina
- Swollen and tender lymph nodes in the groin
- Flu-like symptoms are also common (e.g., headache, fever and muscle ache)
- You are a parent
- If your child is sexually active, it’s a good idea to have them undergo a herpes STD check
Genital Herpes Test for Men & Women: STD Check for Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2)
From the comfort and privacy of your home, 4U Health’s At-Home Herpes Test allows you access to the same lab test offered by doctors and hospitals. With a simple prick of your finger, accurately test your blood for herpes antibodies. According to the CDC, herpes affects a substantial 11.9% of individuals aged 14-49, with the prevalence in women much higher than in men.1 Increased rates of genital herpes stem from most individuals not showing any symptoms during early stages of infection and failing to undergo preventive herpes screening. This finger-prick herpes blood test is suitable for both men and women.
- At Home Herpes Test for Men & Women
- Herpes simplex 2 is a viral infection most commonly seen in the genital area. Treatment options include antivirals such as Zovirax, Valtrex, & Famvir.
Easily collect a blood herpes test from the comfort and privacy of your own home
Your mail-in herpes test kit is delivered directly to your door in discreet packaging for a confidential testing experience. Your 4U Health STD test kit includes everything required for your home dried blood spot (DBS) sample collection. We provide detailed instructions and a prepaid shipping label to return your finger prick blood sample to the lab.
At Home Herpes Test CVS
Hospital-grade private STD test results
Once we receive your test, we’ll send your physician-reviewed results in approximately 2-5 days. 4U Health’s at home herpes (HSV-2) test report is both accurate and easy to read. Your result will tell you whether herpes antibodies are detected in your self-collected blood sample. If you test positive, we advise you share your status with your current and prior sexual partners so they can undergo a herpes STD check. It’s also recommended to share your results with your doctor so they can help determine an appropriate treatment plan.
At-Home Test Collection
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hepatitis C & herpes 2
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- Finger prick, urine & swab sample collection
Usually within 2 to 5 days of your herpes blood test sample arriving at the lab, receive secure electronic STD results on your device of choice.
Simple to understand results provide your current STI status.
Your individualized report measures herpes antibodies in your blood.
Hospital-grade results for visibility into your sexual health — get clarity on your STD status from the privacy of your own home.
How It Works
Order Your Test
Order online with express delivery. In 1 to 2 days your herpes test kit will arrive in plain packaging, ensuring a confidential testing experience.
Collect Your Sample
Your herpes test kit contains everything you need to collect your sample. Simply collect your herpes blood test using the at-home sample collection supplies and instructions. Then return free of charge to the lab with the provided prepaid shipping label.
Fast, Accurate Results
Typically you will receive electronic herpes results within 2-5 days after receipt by the lab. Have complete trust in your lab report’s accuracy, as all 4U Health testing kits provide hospital-grade certified results.
Get Physician Support
We’ve got you covered! A licensed physician orders your herpes blood test and reviews your results. When medically necessary, our clinicians provide post-testing support to help you maximize our laboratory services.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s included in the at-home herpes test kit?
You’ll receive everything you need in order to self-collect your test specimen!
• Pre-paid shipping both ways
• Discreet packaging
• Easy to follow instructions
• An at-home dried blood spot (DBS) test collection kit
• Return protective envelope to mail sample to the lab for testing
• Electronic passcode protected results available from your phone or computer
• Printable report to share with your doctor
• Help along the way if you need it
How accurate is a blood test for herpes?
Herpes Antibody Test
Urine tests for herpes known as HSV-2 antibody tests, like this test, are highly accurate in detecting the presence of the herpes in your blood. These tests have been extensively studied and have shown excellent sensitivity and specificity.
The sensitivity of a test refers to its ability to correctly identify individuals who have the infection (true positives), while specificity refers to its ability to correctly identify individuals who do not have the infection (true negatives).
Herpes antibody tests have high sensitivity and specificity, typically ranging from 96% or higher. This means that they are very reliable in accurately detecting herpes infections.
However, it’s important to note that no test is 100% perfect, and there is always a small possibility of false-positive or false-negative results. Factors such as the timing of the test (wait at least two weeks following exposure or treatment) and sample collection technique (follow sample collection instructions closely) most commonly can affect test sensitivity and specificity. For the most accurate negative results, we recommend you retest after 3 months to confirm your negative herpes status. If there are any concerns about positive results, we recommend you consult with a healthcare professional and have your test repeated.
Where is my herpes blood test performed?
Same Lab Test Offered by Physicians & Hospitals
4U Health tests meet national standards and are as accurate as services provided in a doctor’s office or hospital. We only work with the highest quality CLIA certified laboratories and health experts. Your at home herpes test complies with state and federal regulations. And our clinicians provide medical oversight throughout the entire process.
How long does a herpes test take?
Herpes Test Results Time
With 4U Health’s at-home herpes test, the process typically takes 2 to 3 days to complete after the lab receives your sample.
What does an at home herpes test result show?
Herpes Test Result
Your at home herpes test results will tell you if your blood contains herpes antibodies. This test will confirm your herpes status.
How soon after unprotected sex can I test for herpes?
When To Test for Herpes
Getting tested for herpes after unprotected anal, vaginal, or oral sex can be done as soon as 3 weeks after potential exposure. However, to definitively rule out genital herpes, it’s advised to repeat the test after 16 weeks to confirm your negative herpes status.2
Will I test positive for herpes after I receive treatment?
If you are infected with the herpes virus you will test positive for life, even after antiviral treatment. There is no reason for follow-up testing.
Can I buy this herpes blood test now and use it later?
Test now or usually within one year of purchase. This at home blood herpes test kit has a minimum expiration date of at least 10 months. That’s great news if you are buying more than one test to recheck yourself in the future for the herpes virus.
Can I gift this herpes blood test to a friend or family member?
4U Health’s at home herpes test is eligible for gifting. In fact, all 4U Health tests make great presents. The recipient who receives your gift will simply open the kit, register it, and follow the blood herpes test collection instructions. Within a few days of sending to the lab, your significant other, friend or family member will receive secure electronic HIPAA compliant STD results all thanks to your generosity.
Will my at home herpes test be covered by insurance?
Pay upfront and receive no surprise medical bills. Insurance carriers typically only cover a herpes test for symptomatic patients. 4U Health is not enrolled in Medicare or any other private insurance network. This herpes blood test is not eligible for Medicare or any other federal or state-funded insurance program reimbursement. That’s great news if you want to test after exposure even though you are asymptomatic or if you want to keep your herpes testing experience confidential.
How is my privacy protected?
Rest assured; HIPAA security standards protect your data every step of the way while determining your herpes status. Keeping your confidential data secure is our number one priority. We only share your information when required to deliver our products and services or where we are legally obligated to do so. Your results are securely protected and available for review in your online portal; always secure but easily accessible only to you.
Although protecting customer privacy is of utmost importance to us, similar to any STI testing process, including both 4U Health lab tests and those conducted by traditional in person healthcare providers, certain positive results are mandated by law to be reported to state health departments. This reporting is solely intended to monitor and track the prevalence of infections. If you receive positive test results for chlamydia, Gonorrhea, hepatitis C, herpes symplex 2, HIV, HPV, syphilis, or trichomoniasis through a 4U Health at-home STD test, depending on individual state requirements, our network of labs may share this information with your state health board for the purpose of tracking. Our at-home STD tests provide you with the knowledge of your STI status, and your information will remain otherwise confidential.
What are the most common STDs in the US?
Most Common STDs
1 in 5 peaople in the US have a STD. In 2018 alone, approximately 26 million Americans had a sexually transmitted disease (STD). The specific ranking and infection rates of STDs vary over time. It’s always best to refer to up-to-date sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the most recent information. Incidence of STDs means new infections. Here is a list of common STDs in rough order of incidence as of 2018:
1. Human papillomavirus (HPV): 13 million (M) estimated new HPV infections.
2. Trichomoniasis (Trich): 6.9 M estimated new Trich infections.
3. Chlamydia: 4 M estimated new chlamydia infections.
4. Gonorrhea: 1.6 M estimated new Gonorrhea infections.
5. Herpes Symplex 2 (HSV-2): 572,000 estimated new HSV-2 infections.
6. Syphilis: 146,000 estimated new syphilis infections in 2018.
7. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV): 33,000 estimated new HIV infections in 2018.
8. Hepatitis B (HBV): 8,300 estimated new HBV infections in 2018.
What are the common STDs?
What is Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?
HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a common viral infection that affects the skin and mucous membranes. It is primarily transmitted through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, or oral sex. There are various strains of HPV, some of which can cause genital warts and increase the risk of certain types of cancer, such as cervical, anal, vulvar, vaginal, penile, or oropharyngeal cancer. There is no cure for HPV. While most HPV infections resolve on their own without causing symptoms or complications, vaccination, regular screenings, and practicing safe sex are important preventive measures to reduce the risk of HPV-related health issues.
What is what is Trichomoniasis (Trich)?
Trich is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis. It is a common STI that affects both men and women, but it is more common in women. Trichomoniasis is transmitted through sexual contact, including vaginal, oral, and anal sex. Most people with trichomoniasis do not experience any symptoms, but if symptoms do occur, they can include itching or irritation in the genital area, discharge from the vagina or penis (which may be frothy and yellow-green), pain or burning during urination, and pain during sexual intercourse. Trichomoniasis is usually treated with antibiotics, and it is important to get tested and treated if you are sexually active or have had unprotected sex with a new or casual partner. Using condoms and other forms of protection can help reduce the risk of trichomoniasis and other STIs.
What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacterium chlamydia trachomatis. It is one of the most common STIs in the world and can affect both men and women. Chlamydia is transmitted through sexual contact, including vaginal, oral, and anal sex. It can also be transmitted from a mother to her baby during childbirth. Most people with chlamydia do not experience any symptoms, but if left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems, such as infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease. Chlamydia is usually treated with antibiotics, and it is important to get tested and treated if you are sexually active or have had unprotected sex with a new or casual partner. Using condoms and other forms of protection can help reduce the risk of chlamydia and other STIs.
What is Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It is a common STI that can affect both men and women. Gonorrhea is transmitted through sexual contact, including vaginal, oral, and anal sex. It can also be transmitted from a mother to her baby during childbirth. Most people with gonorrhea do not experience any symptoms, but if left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems, such as infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease. Gonorrhea is usually treated with antibiotics, and it is important to get tested and treated if you are sexually active or have had unprotected sex with a new or casual partner. Using condoms and other forms of protection can help reduce the risk of gonorrhea and other STIs.
What is genital Herpes?
Genital herpes is a viral infection generally caused by the Herpes simplex 2 virus (HSV2). It is primarily transmitted through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, or oral sex. The infection results in the development of painful sores or blisters in the genital area. These sores can recur periodically and may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as fever and swollen lymph nodes. While there is no cure for genital herpes, antiviral medications can help manage outbreaks, reduce symptoms, and decrease the risk of transmission. It is important to practice safe sex and communicate openly with sexual partners to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading genital Herpes.
Herpes 1 or 2 which is worse?
In terms of severity, both Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2) can cause similar symptoms, but HSV-2 is generally associated with more frequent and severe outbreaks of genital Herpes. However, it’s important to note that individual experiences with the virus can vary, and the impact of the infection can be influenced by factors such as the person’s immune system and management of the condition.
What is Syphilis?
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. It is primarily transmitted through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Syphilis progresses through different stages, including primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary stages, each with its own set of symptoms and complications. It can present as painless sores or ulcers, rash, fever, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes. Syphilis can have severe long-term consequences if left untreated, affecting various organs and systems in the body, including the heart, brain, and nervous system. Early detection through testing and prompt treatment with antibiotics can effectively cure Syphilis and prevent its complications.
What is Hepatitis C (HCV)?
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that primarily affects the liver. It is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The infection is commonly transmitted through contact with infected blood, such as through sharing needles or other drug paraphernalia, receiving contaminated blood transfusions, from mother to baby during childbirth, or sexual intercourse. Hepatitis C can lead to both acute and chronic liver disease, and if left untreated, it can cause severe complications like liver cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer. Treatment options for hepatitis C have improved in recent years, and antiviral medications can effectively cure the infection in most cases, reducing the risk of long-term liver damage. It is important to get tested for hepatitis C if at risk and take preventive measures to avoid exposure.
What is Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is a viral infection that attacks the immune system, specifically targeting CD4 cells, a type of white blood cell crucial for the body’s defense against infections. HIV is primarily transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing contaminated needles or syringes, and from mother to child during childbirth or breastfeeding. If left untreated, HIV can progress to AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), which is the late stage of the infection and characterized by severe immune system damage, making individuals more susceptible to opportunistic infections and certain cancers. While there is no cure for HIV, antiretroviral therapy (ART) can effectively manage the virus, allowing people with HIV to live long and healthy lives. Preventive measures such as practicing safe sex, using sterile needles, and accessing HIV testing and treatment are crucial in reducing transmission rates and improving overall health outcomes.
What is Hepatitis B (HBV)?
Hepatitis B is a viral infection that primarily affects the liver. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The infection can be transmitted through contact with infected blood, unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing needles or other drug paraphernalia, and from mother to baby during childbirth. Hepatitis B can lead to both acute and chronic liver disease, which can range from mild illness to severe conditions such as liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. While there is no cure for Hepatitis B, antiviral medications and vaccines are available to manage the infection, prevent complications, and reduce the risk of transmission. It is important to get vaccinated against Hepatitis B and take precautions to avoid exposure to infected blood and other bodily fluids.
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