Herpes (HSV 1/2) is a swab or scraping from a blister or sore in the infected area. Herpes simplex virus, a common virus that may be sexually transmitted and causes small fever blisters (vesicles) on the mouth or genitals. There are two types of the herpes virus; HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 usually causes cold sores and both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can cause genital herpes.
The test for herpes infection is a swab of a lesion. A person who has noticed lesions in their genital area should be tested.
Positive test indicates current infection with HSV-1 or HSV-2 or both.