Herpes Test£49 £49
Our home Herpes Test detects herpes simplex virus antibodies, with online results in 2 to 5 days.
What does it test for?
- Herpes Simplex I (HSV-I)
- Herpes Simplex II (HSV-II)
Collection methodFinger prick
Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV-1 has been associated with oral herpes(cold sores), whereas HSV-2 has been associated with genital herpes. Our herpes test looks for the HSV-1 and HSV-2 virus using a finger prick blood sample.
After the initial infection, HSV remains dormant in certain nerve cells of the affected area of the body for life. The dormant virus may reactivate and cause recurrences. Should symptoms occur they may inlcude:
- Bleeding easily
- Painful urination
- Flu-like symptoms
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Rash on the genitals and/or anus
- Itching or irritation on the genitals and/or anus
- Unusual blisters or scabs around the mouth, genitals and/or anus
You should wait 12 weeks from the time of sexual contact before taking the test. The test will show if you have developed antibodies for either HSV-I or HSV-II. HSV antibodies can take a period of time to become detectable, and you should wait to ensure accurate results. If you are sexually active, regular testing is advised.
You should also consider getting tested if:
- You used a needle or syringe to inject drugs into your body that someone with herpes has already used
- You become sexually active
- You have had unprotected sex
- You are experiencing symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection
- You are entering into a new sexual relationship
- You have received a notification from a previous partner that they are infected
- If you suspect that you have an active herpes infection, a swab by a healthcare provider may be required
The sample must be collected before 10am on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and returned on the same day.
Herpes Simplex I (HSV-I)
Herpes Simplex I (HSV-I) is a virus which can cause infectious blisters in and around the mouth and on the face. This test uses a blood sample to detect HSV-I antibodies. The body develops antibodies against an HSV-I infection and these antibodies remain in your system for life.
Herpes Simplex II (HSV-II)
Herpes Simplex II (HSV-II) is a virus which can cause infectious blisters on the mouth, face, genitals and rectum. This test uses a blood sample to detect HSV-II antibodies. The body develops antibodies against an HSV-II infection and these antibodies remain in your system for life.
How to collect your sample
Watch our instructional video to see how easy it is to collect your sample.
How it works
Collect Your Sample
Activate your test and collect your sample in the morning. Return your sample on the same day, using the prepaid shipping label provided.
Review Accurate Results
Once your sample arrives in the laboratory, confidential results will be available from your secure online account within 2 to 5 days.
Get Medical Support
Our dedicated team of nurses are available 24/7 and will call you to explain your results and provide treatment options.
Still have questions?
Here are some questions we usually get about LetsGetChecked. If you would like yours answered, please contact us.
Activating the test connects you to the unique alphanumeric barcode within your LetsGetChecked sample collection kit. The laboratory cannot process your sample if the test is not activated and linked to you. You should only activate your test when you are ready to take your sample.
Yes. LetsGetChecked has a team of doctors who will review your order and results and have created detailed result breakdowns for your testing journey.
Our nursing team is on standby throughout the testing process and, if your test results are abnormal, you will receive a call to discuss your results and next steps.
Please ensure that the sample is collected before 9am and returned immediately using the carrier method provided within the sample collection kit. Each of our health tests includes a prepaid delivery envelope to return your samples to the laboratory.
Please do not collect or return samples on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Keeping your personal data secure is important to us. We use appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure security and confidentiality of your information, and only share your information where required to deliver our products and services or where we have a legal basis to do so. All samples are disposed of following analysis.
Your samples are processed in the same labs used by primary care providers, hospitals and government programs.
LetsGetChecked laboratories are CPA approved and ISO accredited, which are the highest levels of accreditation.
Sample collection kits are manufactured within our ISO 13485 accredited facility, the highest level of accreditation for medical devices.
We don't accept insurance at this time. We work to keep our tests as affordable as possible and our test costs are generally lower than the costs incurred from a trip to a healthcare provider.