Genital Herpes Test Kit

How to test yourself for genital herpes at home

ZAVA genital herpes test kit
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About the genital herpes test

How our service works

  • Fill out a short online assessment form
  • Place an order for a genital herpes test kit
  • It can then be posted to your preferred address or you can collect it from a local post office instead

How to use the test kit

Our Herpes test kit makes it easy for you to check if you have the infection without having to visit a sexual health clinic or GP.

The Herpes test kit comprises of a swab, which is used to take a sample from any sores or blisters in your genital or anal areas. The swab gives the most accurate results if it is rubbed directly on an open sore or blister. You may have to break the blister to take a good sample.

The test kit comes with a leaflet with detailed instructions. You must follow these instructions carefully to ensure your test results are accurate.

When you have taken the sample as explained on the leaflet, you need to place it in the pre-addressed and prepaid envelope provided. You can post it in any post box.

How the results work

Once the laboratory has received your sample, it will take 1 to 3 days for your results to become available.

You will receive your result via your account. We will send you an email asking you to login to your patient record – we will never send you confidential information such as a test result via email.

What do I do once I have my results?

If your result is positive for a herpes infection, you may require treatment to treat the virus and manage any future outbreak of symptoms.

You should also inform any previous or current partners of your results so they can get tested too.

If your test result is negative, it is unlikely that you have herpes. But, as no test is 100% accurate occassionalty you can get a negative result even if your suffer from the infection. This often depends on how the sample is taken.

If your test comes back negative, you should consider getting retested if you find you are still suffering from symptoms.

It is important to have your symptoms checked by a doctor who can examine any concerns and tell you if your symptoms are likely to be due to herpes or another condition. If your symptoms are similar to herpes your doctor is likely to recommend that you try treatment anyway without having a test.

Your GP or sexual health clinic can help with this, but if you prefer you can have your symptoms assessed by an online doctor and receive treatment as appropriate.

Alternatively you can also use our photo assessment service for more advice.

Whether your results are positive or negative, you should also get tested for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

You can avoid infection by using a condom every time you have sex regardless of whether you are having oral, anal or vaginal intercourse. You should ideally only have unprotected sex if you and your partner have both tested negative for STIs.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr Simran Deo Doctor

Dr Simran Deo qualified from St George’s, University of London in medicine in 2006 with a distinction in her written finals. She went on to specialise in general practice, obtaining the MRCGP certification in 2012. In 2014 she received a merit for the Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff University.

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Last reviewed: 14 May 2020

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