Herpes Testing

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Our sexual health services are discreet and confidential.
Depending on if you are currently experiencing symptoms or not, will depend if you appointment is with a nurse or a doctor.

Necessary tests and medications are at an additional fee.

Service Appointment with: Price
Asymptomatic Consultation - You do not have symptoms A nurse £55
Symptomatic Consultation - You currently have symptoms A GP £196
* Sexual health tests & treatment are an additional cost
Genital Warts Treatment & Removal Initial Consultation - GP £185
Follow up cryotherapy treatment - Nurse £60
Sexual Health Tests Available: Price
Chlamydia Testing From £65
Gonorrhoea Testing From £65
HIV Testing From £65
Syphilis Testing From £65
Kindly note testing will be advised by your nurse or GP

Herpes Testing, Treatment and Prevention

The Fleet Street Clinic offers PCR testing for genital herpes – with same day results – and prompt treatment. We also offer antibody testing for past infection.

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection passed through anal, oral and vaginal sex. It is caused by herpes simplex virus, of which there are two types (called HSV1 and HSV2).

Only a third of people develop symptoms at the time they are infected with the herpes virus. In these people, small blisters occur, that then rupture leaving red, open sores. These blisters are painful and can tingle or burn. Some people can also experience a burning sensation when passing urine.

Although the initial blisters will heal and resolve, the herpes virus remains dormant or latent in the nerve endings.

There is currently no treatment to eliminate latent herpes virus, so individuals can experience recurrences of these symptoms. A recurrence of herpes may or may not show symptoms but will still be infectious to others.

We can provide suppressive treatment to help limit recurrences.

Call us for a same day appointment +44 20 7353 5678

How is herpes spread?

The herpes virus is spread via sexual contact.

It is easily spread from person-to-person by direct skin-to-skin contact, or indirectly such as by sharing sex toys with an infected individual and is highly contagious.

Individuals are the most infectious when symptoms are present, however, herpes can be spread from an infected person even if they don’t have current symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

Blisters are the main feature of a herpes infection.

The commonest symptoms are:

  • Tingling, itching or burning sensations around the genitals.
  • Small blisters that burst leaving red open sores
  • Pain on urination
  • Fever, headache, muscle aches

How is it tested?

Testing for herpes can be done if any active lesions are apparent. It is not required to get tested for herpes unless you have any active lesions.

We are able to perform two types of tests for herpes depending if you have a current or past infection.

Current infection
A small swab can be taken from a blister to test for the herpes virus. As this test requires a sample of the fluid within the blister, it can only be performed if you have active blisters or sores. This test will only confirm the presence of the herpes virus but will not tell us when you were infected (as people can be infected long before they show symptoms) or from who you have caught herpes from. It may also be detectable from a urine sample.

Results are available on the same day.

Past infection
A sample of blood can be taken to see if you have antibodies to herpes. Antibodies develop and persist in the blood stream once you have been infected with herpes. It is important to note that this test does not show if you are currently infected or infectious with herpes, and cannot tell you when you were infected whom you have caught herpes from.

Results are available after 2 days.

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What happens if I test positive?

We will prescribe anti-viral treatment for you

If you have a current infection with herpes, antiviral medication can be used to help stop the virus replicating. In addition to this, a topical anaesthetic ointment can be used to relieve pain.  This medication is available in the clinic and can be offered at your appointment.

Can herpes be completely cured?

Anti-viral medication can treat an active outbreak but not remove the virus completely.

An active outbreak of herpes can be treated using antiviral medication, and ideally, treatment should start when symptoms first appear.

The medication needs to be given within 5 days of symptoms appearing for it to be effective.

However herpes virus cannot be completely cured and eradicated.

Do you offer treatment to prevent recurrences?

Yes, anti-viral treatment is available to suppress recurrence.

We are able to dispense antiviral medication for individuals who experience recurrent herpes.

We advise you book an appointment with one of our doctors or nurses, who can discuss and dispense antiviral medication if suitable.

If you are susceptible to recurrent episodes (six or more episodes in a year), suppressive antiviral treatment can be offered. Medication is designed to prevent the herpes virus from multiplying and can be taken for up to one year. Our medical team will be able to assess you to see if this treatment is suitable.

Book your sexual health appointment

Book Appointment

Our sexual health services are discreet and confidential.
Depending on if you are currently experiencing symptoms or not, will depend if you appointment is with a nurse or a doctor.

Necessary tests and medications are at an additional fee.

Service Appointment with: Price
Asymptomatic Consultation - You do not have symptoms A nurse £55
Symptomatic Consultation - You currently have symptoms A GP £196
* Sexual health tests & treatment are an additional cost
Genital Warts Treatment & Removal Initial Consultation - GP £185
Follow up cryotherapy treatment - Nurse £60
Sexual Health Tests Available: Price
Chlamydia Testing From £65
Gonorrhoea Testing From £65
HIV Testing From £65
Syphilis Testing From £65
Kindly note testing will be advised by your nurse or GP
FAQs

Along with Herpes testing, you should also get tests done for –

  • Gonorrohea
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • HPV
  • Chlamydia

If you have a visible blister or sore, or suspect herpes, you should make an appointment with a GP who can diagnose and treat herpes.

The appointment can be made online or by calling us at +44 20 7353 5678.