Herpes simplex I
STI Testing kit


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How often do you need to test for herpes I?

Herpes simplex I may not always display symptoms. It can therefore be difficult to know if you are infected. It is a good idea to have regular screening if you are sexually active. A comprehensive STI screen is recommended once a year or with every change of sexual partner.

Who is at risk of herpes I?

The herpes virus causes cold sores and anyone can catch these, even if you are not sexually active. However, sores found in the genital area are sexually transmitted. Herpes simplex I is transmitted via saliva, therefore can be passed on via oral sex. In order to reduce the risk of Herpes simplex I, practice safe sex by using a condom every time you have sex, including oral sex. You are only protected as long as the sores are covered by a condom, if there is skin contact with an open sore, the infection can be passed on

Where can I get a test for herpes I?

Confidante tests for 10 STIs at the same time, including Herpes simplex I. Confidante is available to buy securely online here or you can find your nearest stockist to buy in store.

How reliable is the herpes I test?

Herpes simplex I is included as one of the ten STIs that Confidante tests for simultaneously. Confidante is a cutting-edge testing procedure that uses molecular diagnostics that far exceed other STI tests currently available. The test screens for multiple STI pathogens to identify specific viral, protozoan or bacterial pathogens.

How is herpes I treated?

There is no cure for Herpes simplex I, but by using antiviral medicines, the symptoms can be controlled. You should abstain from sex until all symptoms have cleared and ensure to use a condom each time you have sex after. If your results are positive, contact your GP for treatment.

What are the benefits of home testing?

Home testing avoids the inconvenience or embarrassment of attending a GUM or sexual health clinic for STI screening. With Confidante you can easily buy the kit online or at your nearest stockist. When purchasing online, the kit will be delivered to your chosen address in a discreet, plain package. You can take the test at a time and place that suits you in the privacy of your own home with no worries about having to discuss your sexual practices or details with a doctor or nurse.

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