How often do you need to test for herpes II?
Herpes simplex II 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 II?
Anyone who is sexually active is at risk of Herpes simplex II. In order to reduce the risk of Herpes simplex II, practice safe sex by using a condom every time you have sex.
Where can I get a test for herpes II
Confidante tests for 10 STIs at the same time, including Herpes simplex II. Confidante is available to buy securely online here or you can find your nearest stockist to buy in store.
How reliable is the herpes II test?
Herpes simplex II 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 II treated?
Herpes simplex II can be treated, but not cured. The type of treatment will depend on whether you have herpes II for the first time or if you are experiencing a recurrent outbreak. For an initial infection, your GP may prescribe antiviral tablets. For a recurrent outbreak, you will be advised to keep the area clean, keep the area cool or avoid wearing tight clothing around the infected area. If symptoms are more severe, antiviral drugs may be prescribed. 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