What samples can be used?

Blood, Swab or Urine

How long until I get my results?

7 working days from your sample’s arrival at our fully qualified laboratory

Where is my nearest private clinic?

How soon after a sexual encounter can I get tested?

14 days, unless symptomatic

Which Better2Know screens include Herpes testing?

What is Herpes?

The Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is a common viral infection that has two types. Herpes I takes the form of cold sores, which are blisters or sores that are present in or around the mouth or lips. Herpes II is recognised as genital sores.

What are the symptoms of Herpes?

Men

Visible blisters or lesions

Painful itching or burning around the genital area and/or the rectum

Swelling in the glands around the groin

Women

Visible blisters or lesions

Painful itching or burning around the vaginal area and/or the rectum

Swelling in the glands around the groin

What happens if I do not get tested and treated?

Men

Increased frequency and severity of outbreaks

Susceptibility to other harmful STIs

You are likely to pass infection on to a sexual partner

Women

Increased frequency and severity of outbreaks

Susceptibility to other harmful STIs

If pregnant, the infection can be transmitted to your baby

How is Herpes treated?

The Herpes Simplex Virus has two types and your Better2Know test will tell you which, if any, you have. While there is currently no medication available to eliminate the virus from the body, there are many treatments which are effective in reducing both the severity and frequency of any outbreaks. Various creams and medications are available which serve to keep the outbreaks under control, with reduced symptoms.

What else should I get tested for?

If blisters, cuts, sores or general lumps and bumps are a concern for you, Better2Know’s Blemish Screen is the most suitable testing option, using a swab sample to detect three harmful infections. This screen not only looks for both Herpes I and Herpes II but also Syphilis and HPV.

How can I book my test?

To arrange a booking with Better2Know today, you can book online by clicking on the orange button at the top of the page. If you would prefer to contact us personally, or have any additional queries, then please call us using the number displayed above. Our expert Patient Services team can answer your questions or help you choose the most suitable screen that will meet your requirements.