Confidential Herpes Testing
Faced with the prospect that you could have genital herpes, you may feel anxious about the possibility that you have infected your partner. Additionally, you may feel uneasy about needing to see your regular physician for testing. What you seek is a confidential service provided by a doctor you do not already know; if it can be conducted over the internet, all the better. With our help at KwikMed, we can enable you to access an sti test for herpes amongst other sexually transmitted diseases.
Testing for Herpes
If you have the symptoms of herpes, which is typically blisters that burst leaving painful sores that can take up to a month to heal, it is vital you get tested. Although herpes does not usually lead to complications – the exception is if you have a compromised immune system – it is essential that if you have the disease you receive treatment to prevent the spread to others, as with the sores you are highly contagious during sexual activity. However, even if you do not have any herpes symptoms, you can still transmit the infection. A test will either involve a swab from sores if they are present or alternatively a blood sample can be taken. Either way, you require a doctor to approve a requisition form before a lab can test you for it. Logging into your KwikMed account will allow you to access a consultation and after the doctor is satisfied you qualify, they will sign the blood test form for you, which after payment will be emailed to you. Simply attend the lab where you wish to take the test with this form and within five days you can see the results via your online account with us.
False Negative Herpes Test
Early after infection, whichever form of herpes test you choose, it may reveal that you do not have herpes when you actually do. If there is a high probability that you were exposed to the virus, such as finding out that a previous sexual partner has the infection, the best option is to select a second test. If you use a pockit herpes test and send off a swab, there is also a chance that misdiagnosis may occur due to user error in the lab staff operating the microscope. Receiving the correct diagnosis will allow you to receive the treatment you need to control symptoms and prevent passing on the infection to any sexual partners you have. In the meantime if you are to engage in any sexual activity, use condoms and use this measure in future to prevent further STIs.
False Positive Herpes Test
It can also be the case that you may be incorrectly diagnosed with herpes. If you are skeptical that you in fact have the infection, as might be the case if you have always practiced safe sex, you may decide to request a repeat test. This can avoid the need for unnecessary treatment with anti-viral drugs. The herpes test accuracy remains high though, so the very small chance of the wrong result should not deter you from seeking a test.
Herpes Blood Tests
The blood test for herpes can either look for the presence of viral DNA or whether you have produced any antibodies against the virus. These are the standard procedures and across the country herpes testing places Philadelphia to Seattle will offer these. In terms of herpes testing prices Philadelphia with its high incidence of the infection offers these at competitive rates. However, price alone should not guide your judgment, as tests need to be doctor approved, so anywhere offering them particularly cheap might be doing so illegally.