San Francisco Herpes 1&2 Testing

Testing and treatment options are available with STD Testing San Francisco. If you get tested for Herpes, our labs will use the Herpes Antibody Test to alert you if you've been exposed to either oral Herpes or genital Herpes. If you test result is positive for Herpes, treatment options are available if appropriate to help manage your condition. If you live in the San Francisco and San Francisco county areas, you deserve stress-free STD testing and treatment.

Herpes 1&2 facts and stats

45 Million

According to the CDC, there are 45 million cases of genital Herpes in the United States.

11.5%/20.9%

HSV-2 is more common in women (20.9%) than it is in men (11.5%), according to the CDC.

2-4x

Those with genital Herpes are 2 to 4 times more likely to get Herpes if they are exposed to it, according to the CDC.

45 Million

According to the CDC, there are 45 million cases of genital Herpes in the United States.

11.5%/20.9%

HSV-2 is more common in women (20.9%) than it is in men (11.5%), according to the CDC.

2-4x

Those with genital Herpes are 2 to 4 times more likely to get Herpes if they are exposed to it, according to the CDC.

Herpes 1&2 Frequently Asked Questions

Herpes Basics

How is Herpes spread?

Herpes is primarily spread through sexual activity, including vaginal, anal and oral sex. It can also be spread through genital-to-genital contact, which means the penis or tongue does not have to fully enter the anus, vagina or mouth to spread the disease. You have the highest risk of contracting Herpes if you come into direct contact with an open or active sore. However, you can still get Herpes when there is no outbreak. So even if it doesn't look like your partner has Herpes, you could still get Herpes if they are infected with the virus.

What is Herpes?

Herpes is a common STD that is caused by two viruses: Herpes simplex type 1 (HSV 1) and Herpes simplex type 2 (HSV 2).

Herpes 1 is also known as oral Herpes and Herpes 2 is more commonly referred to as genital Herpes. According to the CDC, there are an estimated 45 million Americans who have genital Herpes. If you've had a cold sore (not to be confused with a canker sore) in or around your mouth, you've probably had oral Herpes, and that's okay 65% of people in the U.S. have too.

Will Herpes effect my ability to get pregnant or my pregnancy?

There is a higher risk of the baby contracting the virus if you were exposed during pregnancy. If you or someone you know has Herpes outbreaks during pregnancy, your health care provider may consider using prescription medication for treatment. Please seek medical care and talk about your options with a health care provider if you or someone you know has Herpes and is pregnant.

What are the symptoms of Herpes?

Herpes 1 can appear as painful cold sores in or around your mouth. Herpes 2 could have no symptoms for quite some time. When Herpes 2 (genital Herpes) symptoms show, they can bring itching and burning sensations below, painful urination, and sores/blisters on your private parts. When you show symptoms, this is commonly referred to as an "outbreak." However, you can get Herpes and not have an outbreak for years after exposure. The only way to know if you have Herpes is to get tested.

Herpes Testing

How does the test for Herpes work?

The time in which it takes Herpes antibodies to develop after infection can vary from person to person. However, it usually happens anywhere between 2 weeks to 6 months. It is possible that you could get a false-negative results if you test before there are detectable levels of antibodies. If you believe you have been infected, our doctor might recommend that you get a repeat test 3 months after your exposure to the Herpes virus. There is a small chance that your results could be false-positive as well. If you think that your risk for Herpes is low, it's recommended to get another test done at a later date to confirm your results.

What are the possible results from my Herpes Test?

The time it takes the body to develop antibodies to Herpes can vary for everyone. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to 6 months for infection to develop. For both Genital Herpes and Oral Herpes, it is possible to develop a false-negative when your results are returned. If you believe you have been infected by Herpes, our doctors may recommend that you get re-tested in 2-3 months to determine your exposure to Herpes. There is also a small chance that your Herpes test result may return as a false-positive.

What is the test for Herpes?

We offer a blood test that has the ability to differentiate between Herpes 1 and 2. This blood test check for antibodies that develop to fight the virus after you are infected. After your blood is drawn by the lab technician, you'll get results within a few business days.

Herpes Treatment

Does treatment help prevent Herpes from spreading?

Antibiotics can help prevent the spread of Herpes but it's not 100%. Taking your prescribed medication can help reduce the risk of spreading Herpes by about 50% in some cases. Condoms are also an effective tool in reducing the spread of Herpes.

Are there treatment and care options if I test positive for Herpes?

Yes. Once you get tested and diagnosed with either oral Herpes or genital Herpes, it can be treated, but there is no cure.

Both types Herpes are not life-threatening in adults. Depending on the severity of Herpes outbreaks, no treatment may be necessary. Oral antiviral medications most commonly, acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir) and valacyclovir (Valtrex) are safe and effective, and can prevent or shorten the duration of outbreaks, reduce the frequency and severity of recurrent outbreaks, and decrease the risk of spreading the infection to others.

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