A new STD Testing for Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) now available. This is a new rapid Herpes Test offered by Dr Tan and Partners that offer fast (usually next working day) and accurate testing of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV 1 and HSV 2) concurrently. It detects for the DNA of the virus from samples taken from the blisters or ulcers.
This is different from the usual HSV 1 and HSV 2 antibody test which may not accurately tell you whether the blisters/ ulcers you have are due to HSV 1/2.
What is Rapid Herpes Testing in Women?
This is different from the usual HSV 1 and HSV 2 antibody test which may not accurately tell you whether the blisters/ ulcers you have are due to HSV 1 and 2.
What is Herpes Simplex Virus?
Traditionally, HSV 1 is commonly known as oral herpes while HSV2 causes genital herpes. However due to changing sexual practices this no longer hold true. You can still get HSV 2 in the mouth via oral sex and similarly you can get HSV 1 in the genitalia through oral sex.
Both HSV 1 and 2 causes painful blisters/ ulcers. Usually there are more than 1 blister or ulcers. In some people, the symptom can be very mild and they may not think they have been infected with herpes as they may mistaken it for pimples or the blisters/ ulcers may only last for a few days and then disappears.
However, that does not mean that the virus is no longer present. Similar to the chicken pox virus, it can hide in your body for a period of time with no symptoms and can cause flare ups later on when your immune system is low.
What are the signs and symptoms of HSV 1 & HSV 2 in Women?
Typically, HSV ½ causes multiple painful blisters/ ulcers in the mouth or vaginal area or both. In some cases, the blisters/ ulcers may appear on the groin, buttocks or anus and rarely on other parts of the body.
What do I need to do prior to the test? Any preparation?
There is no preparation to do for the test except do NOT apply any creams or gels or powder to the area 24 hours prior to the test.
How is this Women’s Rapid Herpes Simplex Virus Test Different from other Test?
Blood test for HSV only detects the antibodies to the virus and may not reflect that the current symptoms is due to HSV as in majority of cases, once a person has been infected with HSV 1/2, the antibodies may remain positive for life.
The Rapid HSV test offered by Dr Tan and Partners detects for the DNA of the HSV 1/2 virus using PCR which is accurate and rapid.
The test detects both HSV 1 and HSV 2 at the same time and can differentiate them.
Is HSV more common in females or males?
According the US CDC, HSV 1 and 2 infections is more common among women than among men. It is thought that the reason for that is that it is more easily to transmit the infection from men to females. See Women’s Herpes Symptoms.
Does the Women’s Rapid HSV test for HSV 1 or HSV 2?
The Rapid HSV 1/2 test for the presence of the virus DNA in the blisters/ ulcers. The test detects both HSV 1 and 2 at the same time and can differentiate them.
What are the treatments available? Can Herpes be cured?
Anti-viral medications can decrease the number of days that the blisters/ ulcers persist.
There is currently no medication that will cure the infection but in some people, their own immune system may be able to get rid of the virus permanently after 1-2 years after the initial infection.
For some people, the virus may persist in their body for life and when their immune system is down, the symptoms reappear.
What are the other Rapid STD Testing available in DTAP Clinics?
- Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Testing (Next Day Result)
- HPV Testing (Next Day Result)
- Syphilis Testing (20 mins)
- HIV Screening* (20 min)
- Trichomoniasis Testing (Next Day Result)
How Long does it take for the STD results to be available?
Results for the rapid HSV 1&2 test will be available next working day.
How accurate is the test?
It is 95-97% accurate.
What are the other STDs common in women and other common symptoms in women?
The 2 most common STD in the world is Chlamydia and gonorrhoea which Dr Tan and Partners also offer rapid testing for. Other STDs to consider are trichomoniasis, syphilis and HIV. Other common infections that affect females genitalia are bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections. You can speak with any of their friendly female doctors to find out more about testing for these other infections.
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