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Learn more about this STI and how you can test for it via Instant Consult

Can I Get a Herpes Test Online?

The short answer is no, you cannot get a herpes test online. You can arrange a herpes test referral online. However, the actual blood test has to be conducted in person. You will have to provide a blood sample or swab from the affected area, which is then tested for the presence of antibodies or anything that indicates a herpes infection.

Thanks to telehealth services like Instant Consult, sorting out herpes test referrals is now easier and much more discreet. You don’t have to worry about someone overhearing your sexual health problems or drive for miles to your local GP clinic. With Instant Consult, all you need to do is hop on a video chat, tell your doctor about your symptoms, and, if deemed necessary, you’ll have your referral sent to your device right after the call.

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The best part? You can connect with our AHPRA-accredited doctors at home, on the go, or wherever you are in Australia. Just grab your phone or your laptop, request a consultation, and you’ll be talking to one of our doctors in 15 minutes or less.

Whether you’re super busy, live far away from a GP clinic, or are just uncomfortable about discussing these things in person, Instant Consult’s online referrals are perfect for you.

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What is Herpes?

Herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). It’s known for causing blisters and sores, mainly around the mouth or genital area.
There are two types of herpes virus:

  • HSV-1: Also known as oral herpes, this is often linked to cold sores around the mouth. But, it can also cause genital herpes through oral-genital contact.
  • HSV-2: This herpes simplex virus type is mainly associated with genital herpes, causing sores in the genital area.

The virus spreads mainly through direct contact with herpes sores. However, it can also spread even when sores and lesions aren’t visible. This means it can be passed on through sexual contact with someone who has the virus, including oral, anal, and vaginal sex.

Common Symptoms of Herpes

Like most sexually transmitted diseases, herpes (whether oral or genital) doesn’t always have visible symptoms. But when they do, they tend to follow a pattern. Some of the most common indications of herpes infection include:

Oral Herpes (HSV-1) Symptoms:

  • Tingling, itching, or burning sensation around your mouth.
  • Cold sores or fever blisters on the lips, around the mouth, and sometimes on the face or inside the mouth. These blisters can break open, leaving painful sores that eventually crust over and heal.

Genital Herpes (HSV-2) Symptoms:

  • Similar tingling, itching, or burning sensation in the genital or anal area.
  • Blisters or ulcers on the genitals, buttocks, thighs, or anal area.
  • Sometimes, genital herpes can also cause pain during urination or an unusual discharge.

For both types, the first outbreak might come with flu-like symptoms, such as fever, body aches, and swollen lymph nodes.

However, as mentioned, not everyone with herpes will have noticeable symptoms. Some people might have very mild symptoms that they don’t even notice or none at all. The frequency of the outbreaks can also vary, with some patients experiencing recurrence every now and then.

How to Get a Herpes Test Referral Online

While it’s impossible to get a herpes test online, arranging an online herpes test referral is very much doable. Here’s how:

  1. Create an Account: Visit the Instant Consult website or download our app. You’ll need to register and set up an account to begin.
  2. Book a Consultation: Once registered, click on the “Request a Consult” button. You can find this on our app’s dashboard or our site’s homepage. The first available doctor will connect with you within 15 minutes.
  3. Chat With Your Doctor: During your video consultation, discuss your symptoms or concerns with our healthcare professional. It’s important to be open and honest to receive the best care.
  4. Receive Your Referral: If your doctor determines that a herpes test is appropriate, they will issue you a referral right after the consultation. You can use this at a testing facility of your choice.
  5. Follow-Up Consultation: Your herpes test results will be sent directly to us. But no worries. We will immediately notify you once we have your results. You will then need to book a follow-up consultation where our doctor will explain your results and the next steps you need to take. Depending on your results, they may issue an online prescription, refer you to a specialist, or issue pathology/x-ray requests.

Diagnosing Herpes Infection

Diagnosing herpes can be straightforward when symptoms are present, but it can also be a bit tricky, especially in the absence of visible signs. A combination of physical examinations, swab tests, and blood tests might be necessary to diagnose the infection.

When Symptoms Are Present

If there are blisters or sores, a healthcare provider can often diagnose herpes through a physical examination. They might take a swab from a sore and send it for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or a viral culture, which are pretty accurate in detecting the herpes simplex virus.

Without Visible Symptoms

Diagnosing herpes without symptoms can be more challenging. In such cases, antibody tests can be helpful. These health tests can determine if someone has a herpes infection, even if they haven’t had an outbreak. They usually involve a simple finger prick to draw out blood samples for testing.

Is There a Cure for Herpes?

Right now, there’s no cure for herpes. However, there are treatment options that can help manage the symptoms. This includes:

  • Antiviral Medications: They help reduce the severity and frequency of outbreaks. For those who experience frequent outbreaks, antiviral medications may also be used for suppressive therapy.
  • Topical Treatments: Creams and ointments may provide relief from the discomfort caused by sores and blisters.
  • Pain Relievers: Your doctor may also prescribe pain relievers to ease the pain and fever associated with outbreaks.
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Preventing Herpes Infection

Preventing herpes infection is about smart and safe sexual health practices. Here’s how you can protect yourself:

  • Know Your Your Partner’s Status: Don’t hesitate to ask your sexual partner about their last STI test results.
  • Use Protection: Condoms and dental dams can reduce the risk of spreading herpes during sexual contact. They’re not 100% foolproof, but they significantly lower the risk.
  • Limit Sexual Partners: The fewer sexual partners you have, the lower your risk of catching STIs, including herpes.
  • Avoid Sexual Contact During Outbreaks: Steer clear of any sexual contact if you or your partner have genital herpes and are experiencing blisters or sores.
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1. Is there a difference between oral and genital herpes tests?

Oral and genital herpes tests can use the same methods, like blood tests and swabs, but the difference is where the sample is taken from. Blood tests check for antibodies to the virus, showing exposure but not the infection’s location. Swab tests collect samples from sores, either on the mouth for oral herpes or the genital area for genital herpes.

2. Does insurance cover STD tests?

Medicare covers many STD tests, including herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis B. Private health insurance, on the other hand, might cover more specific tests or treatments, depending on your policy. Always check with your insurer or healthcare provider to see what’s covered under your plan.

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