Genital Herpes Test Kits

Genital herpes test kits can show whether or not you’ve got a genital herpes infection. They can be ordered online and will show if the sores on your genitals are being caused by the herpes virus.

Genital lesion swap test kit box for genital herpes testing
Genital lesion swap test kit props for genital herpes testing
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Prices from £75.00

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1 test kit(s) - £75.00

Frequently asked questions

Can I spread HSV-1 to myself?

It is rare that you can pass the same type of herpes from one area to another because your body makes antibodies that stop this from happening. So if you have cold sores, you’re unlikely to spread it to your genitals. You can still get genital herpes from other people though, because it can be caused by another type of herpes virus (HSV-2).

What are mild signs of herpes?

Milder symptoms of herpes that can occur with or without sores include:

  • pain and itching around your genitals
  • pain when urinating (peeing)
  • a discharge from the urethra (pee hole) for both penises and vaginas
  • a fever
  • headaches
  • body aches
  • swollen lymph nodes near the groin

How soon does herpes show up?

It can take as little as 2 days for herpes symptoms to show up after you’re infected. It normally takes around 2 to 12 days, with 4 days being the average. However, it can actually take years for you to get herpes symptoms after you get infected because it can stay dormant.

What is commonly mistaken for herpes?

There are a lot of other health conditions which can be mistaken for herpes, which is why testing is so important. These include:

  • ingrown hairs
  • eczema
  • razor bumps (from shaving pubic hair)
  • a tinea cruris infection (jock itch)

Can I donate blood if I have herpes?

Yes, you can usually donate blood as long as you aren’t currently having an outbreak of genital herpes symptoms. You should wait for 7 days after finishing a course of treatment for symptoms. If you are taking long term suppression treatment, you can donate blood if you do not have current symptoms. You can donate blood even if you have a sexual partner who has genital herpes, as long as you use protection like condoms and know you don’t have the infection yourself.

How can I protect my partner from herpes?

Wearing condoms, even when you don’t have an outbreak of symptoms, can help stop you spreading herpes to your partner. This includes during oral sex when you could spread HSV-1 herpes to your partners mouth and give them cold sores. A dental dam can be used during vaginal oral sex to help avoid this.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr Kathryn Basford

Dr Kathryn Basford is a qualified GP who works as a GP in London, as well as with ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London.

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Last reviewed: 16 Aug 2023

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