Charlotte Herpes 1&2 Testing

Flexible and timely testing and treatment options for Herpes 1 & 2 are available with STD Testing Charlotte. We use the industry-standard Herpes Antibody Test, so our doctors can accurately determine your status regarding oral Herpes and genital Herpes. Herpes is a commonly found STD, but you still have to get tested before you can receive care. Treatment is generally antibiotics. No matter the reason, residents of Charlotte and Mecklenburg areas deserve stress-free STD testing and treatment.

Herpes 1&2 facts and stats

45 Million

According to the CDC, there are 45 million cases of genital Herpes in the United States.

11.5%/20.9%

HSV-2 is more common in women (20.9%) than it is in men (11.5%), according to the CDC.

2-4x

Those with genital Herpes are 2 to 4 times more likely to get Herpes if they are exposed to it, according to the CDC.

45 Million

According to the CDC, there are 45 million cases of genital Herpes in the United States.

11.5%/20.9%

HSV-2 is more common in women (20.9%) than it is in men (11.5%), according to the CDC.

2-4x

Those with genital Herpes are 2 to 4 times more likely to get Herpes if they are exposed to it, according to the CDC.

Herpes 1&2 Frequently Asked Questions

Herpes Basics

How is Herpes spread?

Herpes is primarily spread through sexual activity, including vaginal, anal and oral sex. It can also be spread through genital-to-genital contact, which means the penis or tongue does not have to fully enter the anus, vagina or mouth to spread the disease. You have the highest risk of contracting Herpes if you come into direct contact with an open or active sore. However, you can still get Herpes when there is no outbreak. The only way to be 100% certain you will not contract Herpes is to avoid sexual contact. However, you should use a condom or dental dam if you are ever participating in intercourse or oral sex.

What is Herpes?

Herpes is a common STD that is caused by two viruses: Herpes simplex type 1 (HSV 1) and Herpes simplex type 2 (HSV 2).

Herpes 1 is also known as oral Herpes and Herpes 2 is more commonly referred to as genital Herpes. According to the CDC, there are an estimated 45 million Americans who have genital Herpes. If you've had a cold sore (not to be confused with a canker sore) in or around your mouth, you've probably had oral Herpes, and that's okay 65% of people in the U.S. have too.

Will Herpes effect my ability to get pregnant or my pregnancy?

If you are exposed to Herpes during pregnancy, your unborn baby is at high risk for contracting the virus also. If you have outbreaks during pregnancy, your health care provider might consider using prescription medication for treatment. Make sure you seek medical care and talk about your options with a health care provider if you or someone you know has Herpes and is pregnant.

What are the symptoms of Herpes?

Most people may not know they are even infected. That's because it can take a while for symptoms to develop and if there are symptoms, they can be mistaken for other common illnesses. Herpes 1 can appear as painful cold sores in or around the mouth. Herpes 2 symptoms may take some time to show, but they can appear as itching or burning sensation below, painful urination, and sores/blisters on the genitals. When you have symptoms, it can be referred to as an "outbreak." However, outbreaks might not happen until years after exposure. Getting tested is the only way to know for sure.

Herpes Testing

How does the test for Herpes work?

The time in which it takes Herpes antibodies to develop after infection can vary from person to person. However, it usually happens anywhere between 2 weeks to 6 months. It is possible that you could get a false-negative results if you test before there are detectable levels of antibodies. If you believe you have been infected, our doctor might recommend that you get a repeat test 3 months after your exposure to the Herpes virus. There is a small chance that your results could be false-positive as well. If you think that your risk for Herpes is low, it's recommended to get another test done at a later date to confirm your results.

What are the possible results from my Herpes Test?

The time in which it takes Herpes antibodies to develop after infection can vary from person to person. However, it usually happens anywhere between 2 weeks to 6 months. It is possible that you could get a false-negative results if you test before there are detectable levels of antibodies. If you believe you have been infected, our doctor might recommend that you get a repeat test 3 months after your exposure to the Herpes virus. There is a small chance that your results could be false-positive as well. If you think that your risk for Herpes is low, it's recommended to get another test done at a later date to confirm your results.

What is the test for Herpes?

If you test with us, we will use a blood test that can differentiate between a Herpes 1 and 2 infection. When you are infected, your body develops antibodies to fight the virus; our test detects these antibodies to determine if you are infected.

Herpes Treatment

Does treatment help prevent Herpes from spreading?

Antibiotics can help prevent the spread of Herpes but it's not 100%. Taking your prescribed medication can help reduce the risk of spreading Herpes by about 50% in some cases. Condoms are also an effective tool in reducing the spread of Herpes.

Are there treatment and care options if I test positive for Herpes?

Yes. Once you get tested and diagnosed with either oral Herpes or genital Herpes, it can be treated, but there is no cure.

Both types Herpes are not life-threatening in adults. Depending on the severity of Herpes outbreaks, no treatment may be necessary. Oral antiviral medications most commonly, acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir) and valacyclovir (Valtrex) are safe and effective, and can prevent or shorten the duration of outbreaks, reduce the frequency and severity of recurrent outbreaks, and decrease the risk of spreading the infection to others.

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