Who should take the test?
Genital herpes caused by HSV-2 is a global problem. In 2016, an estimated 491 million (13%) people aged 15 to 49 years were living with this infection worldwide.
Human herpes viruses belong to the group of DNA viruses that can remain in the host organism for life after the initial infection. The herpes simplex viruses particularly affect the mucous membranes. Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2) is a virus that is responsible for genital herpes. HSV-2 is transmitted through mucosal contact (genital, anal, oral), through contact with infected skin, and through smear infections. Transmission from the infected mother to the newborn is also possible. A risk of transmission also exists in the absence of symptoms.
How does it work?
You collect the sample (blood spot), send it back to us and we will provide you with information about your HSV-2 status. If you test positive, you should talk to a doctor about treatment options to avoid passing an infection to a partner.
What guidance will I get along with my results?
After you get tested, it’s important for you to find out the result of your test so that you can talk to a doctor about treatment options if HSV-2 was detected. Still have questions? Then send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we reserve the right to collaborate with certified partner laboratories.
How is my privacy protected?
Our STD tests are taken in the privacy of your own home. We and our partner laboratories (who may be contracted by us to conduct some or all analyses of your test) take customer privacy very seriously. Only you will have access to this information and we will not share your information with any not authorized third party. All samples are disposed of following analysis.