Herpes Test

Are you worried that you may have a Herpes infection? If you are you can undergo a quick and simple Herpes test in London here at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall.

The different types of Herpes

Herpes is caused by the Herpes Simplex virus. There are two types of Herpes Simplex virus – Type 1 and Type 2. Both cause sores to manifest themselves on your body. The type 1 virus causes so-called “cold sores” which usually appear on the face, around the mouth. The type 2 virus can produce sores anywhere on the body, but they are often found around the genitals. When this happens it is known as Genital Herpes.

Whichever type of Herpes Simplex virus you are infected with, the infection lasts for life. The primary outbreak can appear anywhere from 2 weeks to several years after an initial infection. Infections usually clear up without medication. This is true of both types of Herpes infection.

An infected person may never show any symptoms; may only ever have one outbreak, or may have several though life. In between outbreaks, the virus remains dormant. There is no cure. However, Herpes is a relatively mild infection in the grand scale of things.

How a Herpes infection is transmitted

A Herpes infection is transferred from one person to another by direct skin to skin contact. It is the mucous membranes of the skin that are vulnerable, that is to say, moist skin such as the mouth and areas of the genitals.

Mouth to mouth kissing can transfer a Herpes infection, but not a Genital Herpes Infection. However, performing oral sex can if the infected person has an active sore when oral sex is performed. Click here to read about the symptoms of Genital Herpes.

Herpes test in London via Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall

Although there is no cure, if frequent outbreaks are experienced, antiviral tablets can be prescribed to lessen the frequency. It is therefore important to be aware of whether or not you have the infection. You can establish this by having a Herpes test in London at any STI/GUM clinic, or at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall.

Here at Broadgate, as well as pre-booking an appointment by calling 020 7638 4330, you can also make use of our walk-in screening facilities.