Do I Need a Herpes Test?

Q: I have been experiencing some strange symptoms and would like to know more about herpes. I’m afraid that I might need a herpes test. I don’t know if I’ve been exposed, but I did have unprotected sex recently. Please tell me more about herpes symptoms and your testing process.

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Denver, CO

A: There are various symptoms associated with herpes. The most common symptoms include itching and tingling, along with ulcers and blisters in the genital area. However, it is important to remember that symptoms present themselves different for everyone, and that similar symptoms can be caused by other infections or viruses. The only way to know for certain if you have contracted the herpes virus is to take a test.

Our testing process is fast, private, and simple. There aren’t any embarrassing exams or questionnaires. Simply call our office to arrange to go to one of our private collection sites, submit a blood sample, and wait for results. Results typically return in 2-3 business days. There are different herpes tests for different situations – we can help you decide which test best fits your needs.