Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection which is passed on through sexual intercourse. It can be a sore or painful condition and you may need treatment to help control the infection. The only way to know for certain if you have genital herpes is to have a test, either when you have signs or symptoms of the virus, or you’ve had unprotected sex with someone who has the infection.
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|Genital Herpes Test Kit||1 Test Kit||£80.00|
Dispensing and standard delivery included.
Click & Collect: free (available for next-day collection in Superdrug Pharmacies)
Next Day Delivery: £3.99
Ordering is quick and simple:
The genital herpes home test kit is a swab test which conveniently allows you to test to see if you have genital herpes symptoms without the need to visit your doctor or a sexual health clinic first.
The test is simple to use and just requires you to rub a cotton swab on any of the sores or blisters you have in the anal or genital region. The most accurate result can be obtained if the swab is used directly on a sore or blister, this may mean you have to break a blister to obtain some of the fluid. You can ensure you get the most accurate result by following the instruction leaflet provided with the test kit.
Ordering a test kit from Superdrug Online Doctor is easy – just follow these simple steps:
The genital herpes home test kit tests for HSV-2. Genital herpes is usually caused by the herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2), and the herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) usually causes cold sores.
HSV-1 is mostly spread through oral to oral contact causing cold sores or oral herpes. However, it can also cause genital herpes, specifically through oral to genital contact, i.e. oral sex. HSV-2, on the other hand, is a sexually transmitted infection which is spread through vaginal, anal, and oral sex.
If you think you have oral herpes, you can order an oral herpes home test kit from Superdrug Online Doctor too.
You may need a genital herpes test if you:
It’s possible to be carrying HSV-2 and not experience any symptoms. However this test won’t pick up the virus if you don’t have symptoms at the time.
You can order the test quickly and simply, directly from us. Just follow these simple steps:
The genital herpes home test kit is a swab test and using the test is simple and highly accurate if used in the correct way.
To use the test kit:
Once the lab has received your sample, usually within a few working days of you posting it off, your results should be available in your account within 1-3 days. Once your results are available, we will send you an email asking you to log in to your patient record to retrieve your results.
You will receive advice from one of our doctors regarding your result. If you have a positive result then this means you do have genital herpes. If the result is negative, then this indicates you may not have the virus. But, you should always practice safe sex, no matter what your test results are.
If you receive a positive result then this means you have HSV-2 or genital herpes. You can order genital herpes treatment for the infection with Superdrug Online Doctor.
The treatment options available for genital herpes are:
These are antiviral medications which are used to treat genital herpes, or prevent repeat outbreaks of genital herpes symptoms. You should avoid all sexual intercourse until the infection has cleared up, usually a week after the symptoms have gone. You should also avoid sex if you feel an outbreak is coming. If you do have sex, you need to use a barrier contraceptive, like a condom, to avoid infecting your partner.
There are some steps you can take to relieve some of the discomfort associated with the infection, including:
If you receive a negative result this suggests that the symptoms that you’re having are less likely to be due to the genital herpes virus. However, it’s important to remember that the test can only pick up the virus if you have symptoms at the time and it’s less accurate if sores have already started to heal and dry up.
You should consider getting retested if you notice any symptoms in the future. You should also see your GP or sexual health clinic so that they can examine you and find out what else could be causing your symptoms.
You should practice safe sex to prevent STI’s like genital herpes. The best way to prevent STI’s is to use a condom every time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Other methods of contraception like the pill don’t protect against STI’s, only pregnancy.
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