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Oral Herpes Testing Options

Fast, Accurate Oral Herpes Tests

Test for oral herpes with the HerpeSelect® HSV-1 IgG Antibody Test. This highly sensitive, type-specific herpes test can determine which strain is causing the infection, HSV-1 or HSV-2. This oral herpes test requires a small blood sample for the fastest, most private testing experience.

The Oral Herpes Test Process

Oral Herpes Test Details

Oral herpes testing is fast, accurate and private. This specific test is the most advanced of its type on the market and requires a small blood sample. Since testing is performed via blood, there is no examination, undressing or painful swabbing. Testing is performed simultaneously with a genital herpes test to screen for HSV-2 antibodies, since both strains cause blister-like symptoms and can occur in either location when transferred during oral sex (although less common).

Where to Test for Oral Herpes

Oral herpes screening is offered at nearly 4,000 FDA-approved testing centers in the US. These are the same labs trusted by doctors and hospitals everywhere. All labs are private and perform a variety of diagnostic tests—not just STD testing—so no one will know the purpose of your visit. All labs operate on a walk-in basis; no appointments necessary.

Accessing Test Results

Oral herpes results are ready 1 to 5 business days after visiting the lab. Customers receive an email notification when results are available for viewing in our secure, online portal.

Things to Know Before Your Oral Herpes Test

When to get an Oral Herpes Test

If concerned about a specific exposure, the oral herpes window period—the time between a potential exposure and when the oral herpes test can accurately detect antibodies—is about 3 to 6 weeks. If experiencing a genital or oral outbreak, testing for oral herpes and genital herpes both is recommended since the two strains have identical symptoms.

Understanding Oral Herpes Symptoms

Oral herpes symptoms can vary by individual. Generally, an oral herpes outbreak is characterized by painful, red cold sores around the mouth. However, signs of herpes can be subtle and mistaken for other conditions like a bug bite, pimple, small cut or chapped lips. Also, it’s common to be infected with the oral herpes virus but never experience symptoms.

Why Test for Oral Herpes

Oral herpes is very common; in fact, over 50% of the population carries HSV-1, the virus that causes oral herpes.1 This virus poses few health concerns, but it is possible to transfer HSV-1 from the mouth to the genitals during oral sex. Since this virus can occasionally occur at both sites, an oral herpes test helps determine which strain is causing outbreaks.

Positive? We’ll Help You With Oral Herpes Treatment. does more than oral herpes testing. If positive, trained counselors are available to discuss your results. Staff physicians are standing by and can prescribe medication to treat oral herpes outbreaks for a small fee.

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  1. American Social Health Association. Oral Herpes. Accessed July 2013. 


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