What is Herpes Early Detection Testing?
A herpes early detection test is an FDA-approved blood analysis, often referred to as herpes IgM testing. This early form of STD testing can identify the presence of the herpes simplex virus (HSV) as soon as 10 days after exposure.
While there is no cure for the herpes virus, the earlier you get tested, the sooner you can prevent painful outbreaks.1 With Priority STD Testing, you can get tested for herpes quickly at local, private testing centers.Get Tested Now - $198
Purchase your STD lab order privately online or over the phone. The process is simple, quick, and secure. Our care counselors are available to answer any questions you may have or help schedule STD testing.
Get tested same day at any of our 4,000 private locations, no appointment is needed after ordering. Our collection facilities are discreet, professional, and value your privacy. No other patients will know the reason for your visit.
STD test results are processed typically just 24-72 hours after collection. You can access your results online through a secure patient login, or by calling one of our care counselors. Treatment options are available as well.
How Herpes IgM Testing Works
Getting tested for herpes can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! There is no shame in getting tested. In fact, it’s a very positive step to take for both yourself and your partner.
For herpes IgM testing, CLIA-certified labs collect a non-invasive blood sample and search for the presence of HSV-1 or HSV-2 antibodies. This type of testing allows for accurate results as early as 10 days after exposure. Then, results are made available to you within 24 to 72 hours after collection, through our private online portal.
Why Order Herpes IgM Testing
If you suspect you’ve been exposed to herpes, it’s likely that you don’t want to wait long to get answers or treatment. But, herpes testing normally requires a waiting period of at least 12 days after exposure.
An untreated herpes infection can lead to complications, so treatment should not be postponed. Not only can the virus cause uncomfortable sores but pregnant women can risk passing the virus during birth.2 Contracting herpes has also been connected to a higher risk of HIV.3
For this reason, early detection herpes testing is a great option for those looking to catch the virus sooner rather than later.
When to Get Tested
It’s best not to wait too long before getting tested. If you suspect you’ve been exposed to herpes, the antibodies necessary to facilitate early testing typically appear between 5 to 10 days after contact. However, these antibodies will fade after a few months and regular herpes testing would be required for reliable results.
For herpes IgM testing, we recommend waiting 10 days before getting tested to ensure the most accurate results. If you are pregnant or start to experience common herpes symptoms such as cold sores, body aches or painful urination, you should get tested as soon as possible.
Early Herpes Treatment
While there is no cure for HSV, treatment is available! Plenty of people are able to live normal, healthy lifestyles by treating herpes with prescribed antivirals.4 This treatment can prevent or lessen the duration and severity of outbreaks.
Due to the stigma, those with herpes can experience a great deal of stress and anxiety. If you do test positive for herpes, there are plenty of mental health resources available in addition to medical treatment. You can also reach out to our professional care counselors for questions about testing, treatment and next steps.
How to Order Herpes Early Detection Testing
Getting tested can make anyone feel a little apprehensive. But you don’t want to risk spreading HSV to your partner and no one wants to deal with the discomfort or embarrassment of an uncontrolled breakout. That’s why testing for herpes should be quick, easy and discrete.
Priority STD Testing offers prompt results, a pleasant ordering experience and assistance at every step. Get tested quickly and on your own terms with our herpes early detection testing.Lets Get Started
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Do you take walk-ins?
To get same day testing, simply purchase your lab order either online from our website or over the phone with one of our care counselors. Once your order has been placed, you can get tested immediately at any of our local and discreet collection facilities without an appointment. No other patients at the testing center will know your reason for visiting other than to give a routine urine and blood sample.
How do I get my test results?
Your test results are accessible through a secure login unique to your order, updated 24 hours a day including partial results. Once your final results are available, you’ll be notified by email discreetly. Test results are expedited as a rush order and typically process just 24-72 hours after visiting the collection facility. If you have questions about your results or require a treatment consult, our care counselors are just a phone call away. Nothing will ever be sent to your home or healthcare provider to respect your privacy.
Is a swab required for testing?
Patients frequently ask if swabs are required for testing. Swab testing is not only uncomfortable, but also can be embarrassing. Our tests do not require a swab or any other type of visual examination. All that is needed is a simple urine and blood sample.
How accurate are my test results?
All of the tests we offer are FDA approved and performed in CLIA certified labs to ensure the highest level of accuracy. Some STDs require that you wait a period of time after sexual contact before getting tested. Each disease has a different latency period, so understanding when to test is important. If you have questions, our care counselors are happy to walk you through the process, start to finish.
Do I need to fast before getting tested?
No fasting is required for any type of test we offer. If you are testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis, please ensure that you have not urinated for at least one hour prior to visiting the testing center.
Do you accept insurance?
To use your health insurance, we are able to provide all of the necessary information to file a self-claim. We utilize Quest Diagnostics which is the largest lab network in the nation, therefore most healthcare providers will offer some form of reimbursement. We will never directly bill your insurance to ensure your results are completely private and kept off of your permanent health record.
How do I know what type of test I should take?
If at any point you need assistance, call us at 1-888-211-2365 and one of our care counselors will assist you with any questions you may have regarding your testing options. We offer both customized tests and comprehensive panels to fit your testing needs.
- “Herpes Simplex Virus: HSV-1 & HSV-2.” WebMD, Accessed September 14, 2021. https://www.webmd.com/genital-herpes/pain-management-herpes#1
- “Genital Herpes – CDC Fact Sheet.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, August 28, 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/stdfact-herpes.htm
- “Why Genital Herpes Boosts the Risk of HIV Infection.” National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, August 17, 2009. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/why-genital-herpes-boosts-risk-hiv-infection
- “Herpes simplex: Diagnosis and treatment.” American Academy of Dermatology Association. American Academy of Dermatology Association, Accessed September 14, 2021. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/a-z/herpes-simplex-treatment