Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 Test - Verisana Lab

Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 Test

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With the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2) Test, your sample (blood spot) is examined to determine your HSV-2 status.

Knowing your HSV-2 status gives you powerful information to help you take steps to keep you and your partner healthy.

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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 contact@verisana.com. 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.

Test measures
For the HSV-2 Test we analyze:
  • Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2
Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2

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.

Infection with HSV-2 is lifelong and the sores may recur periodically during times of emotional stress or illness.  Although there is no cure for genital herpes, severe episodes can be lessened and prevented with treatment. If diagnosed early, the course of the disease can be considerably shortened by oral antiviral therapy. In the case of recurrent pain in the genital area, the possibility of recurrent genital herpes should always be considered, which usually has a milder course because it only occurs in one location. In approximately 80% of individuals infected with HSV-2, the infection remains asymptomatic.

 

Symptoms
Symptoms the HSV-2 Test is suitable for:
  • itchy, burning blisters on or around the genitals or rectum
  • Pain during urination
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • fever
Sample collection guide
General

Please read the following instructions in detail, before starting with the sample collection.

Please download the instructions here

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Any Questions?

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this test. Your question is missing? Please contact us at:

I am not getting enough blood from my finger, what can I do?

Prepare the blood draw well: Hold your hand a little longer under warm water and circle your arm to stimulate blood circulation. Prick the finger on the side, not directly on top of the fingertip. The middle or ring finger of the non-dominant hand is usually best. When piercing, place your finger on a firm surface to avoid unconscious pulling back. A light squeeze and massage towards the fingertip helps stimulate blood flow. Alternatively, blood can be taken from the earlobe or from the vein (at the doctor's).

How commen is HSV-2 in the United States?

Genital herpes infections are common in the United States. The CDC estimates that there were 572,000 new genital herpes infections in the United States in a single year. Nationwide, 11.9% of people aged 14 to 49 years have HSV-2 infection

Will a condom protect me from a HSV-2 infection?

Proper and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce but not eliminate the risk of transmitting or acquiring genital herpes, because shedding of the herpes virus can occur at sites not covered by a condom.

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