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  • Saturday - Sunday
    10:00 - 14:00
HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Testing Walk-in Appointments Available

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is a common viral infection.
The infection has two categories:

HSV - 1 and HSV - 2.

Both types of the Herpes virus can be sexually transmitted and cause painful blisters and sores to the affected area.

Online Booking
  • Pricing from: £107
  • Sample: Blood/ Swab/ Urine
  • Turnaround Time: 24 hours/3 days

HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS (HSV) TESTING IN HARLEY ST. LONDON

When is HSV testing necessary?

You should consider a test if you are:

  1. Sexually active with someone known to have Herpes whether oral or genital.
  2. Experience symptoms i.e. chronic aching, painful sores, itching, burning, and/or tingling in the oral or genital area.
  3. To confirm whether you have HSV if you experience any symptoms before engaging in sexual activities or with a new partner

Why is HSV testing important?

HSV testing is important for the following reasons.

  • Early detection
    You may have HSV asymptomatically. But testing will aid in early detection, diagnosis, and treatment to decrease the risk of transmission to others and future complications.
  • Avoid transmission
    Knowing your HSV status can again help you make the necessary precautions to avoid spreading this virus to others.
  • Peace of mind
    Testing for Herpes allows for clarity and peace of mind with regard to your sexual health and helps with important informed decision making with regarding to sexual health risks to yourself and others.

Procedure

  • Preparing for the test

    Schedule a consultation at our clinic with our healthcare professional (doctor).

    During the consultation, a discussion will take place on what to expect next. The test and any concerns you may have can be addressed.

    Cease sexual activity and the use of douches or vaginal creams for at least 24 hours before your test as this helps ensure the test is accurate, and provides a more reliable result.

    We will make sure you are comfortable and relaxed during the testing process which is quick and easy.

  • During the test

    HSV testing is straightforward. Our experienced healthcare professional will guide you through the following steps.

Sample collection

Depending on the type of test and your symptoms, the healthcare provider will collect a small swab sample of exudate, if visible, from the affected area or a blood sample for the test. The choice of sample will depend on your situation.

Please discuss your symptoms

Please be open and frank with regard to any symptoms you may be experiencing in relation to a possible HSV infection.

Sharing vital information i.e. itching, pain, discomfort, or burning sensation in the oral or genital area can aid in a more accurate diagnosis and interpretation.

Open communication is essential to help in determining the appropriate test and accurate assessment for your situation.

Our dedicated healthcare team will ensure your comfort while providing the information needed to make an informed decision.

Your wellbeing is important to us and we aim to make the testing process quick, and as comfortable and easy as possible.

  • Results
    Results are confidential and usually available within a few days and the result will be explained and offered the necessary guidance and treatments currently available.

Symptoms

  1. Symptoms of HSV vary, but some people experience:
  2. Burning in the affected area
  3. Itching and/or tingling to the affected area.
  4. Painful sores.
  5. Some also experience flu-like symptoms.

Either or all of the above in the initial stages of the infection.

How does herpes spread?

Herpes mainly spreads through direct skin contact with an infected person or through sexual activity. It also spreads through shared personal items like razors and towels.

Our STI testing packages

Our Platinum Screen and Gold package cover the same STD tests, but the Platinum Screen has additional human papillomavirus (HPV) swabs, including 16, 18, and high-risk types.

Bronze

Prices £250
Tests for
  • Syphilis, HIV I/II Antibodies
  • Turnaround: Bloods- 24 hours

Accurate at 28 days

Tests for
  • Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea
  • Turnaround: Bloods- 24 hours

Accurate at 28 days

Silver

Prices £325 Men icon £375 Women icon
Tests for
  • Herpes I&II, Syphilis, HIV I/II Antibodies
  • Turnaround: Bloods- 24 hours

Accurate at 28 days post contact

Tests for
  • Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Mycoplasma, Trichomoniasis, Ureaplasma, Gardnerella
  • Turnaround: Urine- 3 Days

Accurate at 28 days post contact

Tests for
  • Additional Bacterial Swab for Women; screening for Candida and Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Turnaround: Swab – 3 days

Accurate at 28 days post contact

Gold Screen

Prices £475 Men icon £490 Women icon
Tests for
  • Syphilis, HIV I/II Antibodies, Hepatitis B & C
  • Turnaround: Bloods- 24 hours

Accurate at 28 days and conclusive at 90 days post contact

Tests for
  • Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Mycoplasma, Trichomoniasis, Ureaplasma, Gardnerella, Herpes I&II
  • Turnaround: Urine- 3 Days

Accurate at 28 days and conclusive at 90 days post contact

Tests for
  • Additional Swab for Women; screening for Candida, BV, Fungi, Trichomoniasis, Ureaplasma and Gardnerella
  • Turnaround: Swab – 3 days

Accurate at 28 days and conclusive at 90 days post contact

Platinum Screen

Prices £625 Men icon £665 Women icon
Tests for
  • Syphilis, HIV I/II Antibodies, Hepatitis B & C

The same STD screenings are included in the Platinum Screen as our Gold Package, however with an Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Swab including 16, 18 and High Risk types.

  • Turnaround: Bloods- 24 hours

Accurate at 28 days and conclusive at 90 days post contact

Tests for
  • Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Mycoplasma, Trichomoniasis, Ureaplasma, Gardnerella, Herpes I&II

The same STD screenings are included in the Platinum Screen as our Gold Package, however with an Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Swab including 16, 18 and High Risk types.

  • Turnaround: Urine – 3 Days

Accurate at 28 days and conclusive at 90 days post contact

Tests for
  • Additional Swab for Women; screening for Candida, BV, Fungi, Trichomoniasis, Ureaplasma and Gardnerella

The same STD screenings are included in the Platinum Screen as our Gold Package, however with an Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Swab including 16, 18 and High Risk types.

  • Turnaround: Swab – 3 days HPV Swab – 2 days

Accurate at 28 days and conclusive at 90 days post contact

Fast STD Screens Results - In 24 Working Hours

Prices £350.00
Tests for
  • HIV I&II
  • Syphilis IgM/IgG
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea

Fast STD Screens Results - In 24 Working Hours

Prices £450.00
Tests for
  • HIV I&II
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C Antibodies
  • Hepatitis C Antigen
  • Syphilis IgM/IgG

Visit Sexual Health Clinic London today for your Herpes Simplex Virus test, or contact us today to schedule an appointment.

(We have the full range of additional tests.  Those above are the gold standard with prices so if it is not here please contact the clinic.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can Herpes but may not always have any symptoms. Known as asymptomatic Herpes, so testing is important to know your Herpes status.

Using condoms, safe sexual practices and being aware of your partner's status can reduce your risk of contracting or passing on Herpes.

Yes you can. Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be transmitted through oral, anal, and vaginal sexual intercourse, which make regular testing and safe sexual practices important.

There is no known cure for HSV, but antiviral medications nowadays can manage the condition, reducing the frequency and severity of outbreaks.

Yes you can. Herpes can be transmitted even without symptoms because the virus sheds asymptotically.

Herpes testing isn't normally painful. Generally, blood and swab tests may cause a little to no discomfort.

Find Us

Our Sexual Health Clinic is located on Harley Street in the heart of London.
We are only a 5 minutes walk from Regents Park station, 10 minutes from Great Portland Street and 15 minutes from Oxford Circus.

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