Herpes (HSV 1/2)

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.

Herpes is part of the STI/STD testing panel.

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