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Get Answers Fast With Genital Herpes Testing

Test for genital herpes with the HerpeSelect® HSV-2 IgG Antibody Test, as recommended by our Medical Advisory Board. This highly accurate, type-specific herpes test can identify which strain is causing the infection, HSV-1 or HSV-2. This genital herpes test uses a small blood sample for a fast, private testing experience.

Genital Herpes Test Process

Genital Herpes Test Details

This test—the HerpeSelect® HSV-2 IgG Antibody Test—is the most accurate on the market. pairs this test with an oral herpes test to screen for HSV-1, since both strains can cause similar symptoms, and on occasion, can be cross-transferred during oral sex. Samples are provided at a private local lab, and since testing is performed through blood, there is no need to undress or painful swabbing.

Where to Test for Genital Herpes

Testing for genital herpes is available nationwide at nearly 4,000 private labs. These are the same FDA-approved or CLIA-certified labs trusted by doctors and hospitals everywhere. All labs are private and perform a range of diagnostic tests—not just STD tests—so no one will know the purpose of your visit. All labs operate on a walk-in basis; no appointments necessary.

Understanding Your Test Results

Results are ready 1 to 5 business days after testing. Customers can access results in our secure, online portal or by phone. For positive results, trained counselors are on call to answer any questions, and staff doctors are available to prescribe medication to treat herpes outbreaks at a small fee.

Things to Know Before Your Genital Herpes Test

Genital Herpes Window Period

If concerned about a specific exposure, the genital herpes window period—the time between a possible exposure and when the test can accurately detect antibodies—is about 3 to 6 weeks. The amount of time to develop herpes antibodies varies by person, so retesting at 4 to 6 weeks is recommended for negative results.1

Common Genital Herpes Symptoms

Genital herpes symptoms vary by person. Generally, a genital herpes outbreak is characterized by red, painful blisters on the genitals, thighs, or anus. However, signs of genital herpes can be subtle and mistaken for other conditions such as a jock itch, ingrown hair or shaving irritation. Also, many infected individuals may never experience symptoms of genital herpes.

Why Test for Genital Herpes

Genital herpes, often caused by the herpes simplex virus II (HSV-2), affects 16.2% of the population or about every 1 out of 6 individuals.2 This virus poses few health threats, but it can be transferred from the genitals to the mouth area during oral sex, although rare. A genital herpes test helps determine which of the two strains—HSV-1 or HSV-2—is causing outbreaks since both cause the same symptoms.

Positive? We’ll Help You With Genital Herpes Treatment. goes beyond genital herpes testing. For positive test results, certified counselors are on call to help interpret your results. Staff physicians are available for a complimentary phone consultation to discuss positive results. Our doctors can also prescribe medication to treat genital herpes at a small fee.

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Additional Genital Herpes Resources



  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Genital Herpes – CDC Fact Sheet. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Accessed July 2013.
  2. Quest Diagnostics. HSV ½ IgG, HerpeSelect Type-Specific Antibody Test . Quest Diagnostics. Accessed July 2013.

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