At Home Herpes Testing Kit

While herpes cannot be cured, it can be well managed with medication.

Take control of your intimate health from SelfCollect with private, anonymous at-home Herpes (HSV) testing for HSV I & II. Skip the uncomfortable and inconvenient appointments and collect your own sample at home. Quickly and easily retrieve your confidential test results online. Our diagnostic HSV I & II tests follow the same strict medical guidelines and modern DNA methods of Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing (NAAT) you'd expect from your physician’s office.

4 easy steps

1

Select the tests you need

2

Receive your SelfCollect Kit in an unbranded package

3

Privately collect your sample, keep your private order number and mail back your kit

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Use your order number to view your results on our secure website

The kit

Sample kit with annotated key
  • A Nondescript shipping envelope
  • B Pre-paid return envelope
  • C Detailed collection instructions
  • D Tear-off portion with order number
  • E Collection materials

Retrieving your results

Sample text message and sample email

We want to respect your privacy, even when it comes to knowing when your results are ready. As part of the checkout process, you will choose whether to receive a text message or email notification. Your results will be simple and easy to understand. We’ll also include helpful next steps resources.

Why SelfCollect?

Private. Confidential. Accurate. SelfCollect is a confidential, highly accurate home STD testing service you collect in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Our CLIA certified, partner laboratory utilizes FDA approved, double stranded DNA Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing (NAAT) providing highly sensitive and accurate testing. It’s a convenient, anonymous way to gain important information about your body.

Why should you get tested?

Consider Vaginal, Penile, Anal or Oral herpes testing if have symptoms or are:

  • Sexually active with a new partner
  • Sexually active with multiple partners
  • HIV positive
  • Have had unprotected anal intercourse
  • Want to be certain of your status as a carrier

HSV I and II are two separate, but closely related viruses. Many people with either type of herpes don’t realize they have an infection, often confusing outbreaks with other conditions, like ingrown hairs or acne.

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Oral Herpes, HSV I, usually affects oral tissue, appearing as sores or blisters in and around the mouth. It’s extremely easy to transmit; even casual contact can spread the virus. It’s estimated that up to 80% of the adult population carry HSV I, many of whom contracted it well before they were sexually active.

Genital Herpes, HSV II, generally affects the genital area, though it’s very possible to carry the virus without ever showing any signs or symptoms. It’s less common than HSV I, with estimates ranging closer to 20% of adults in the U.S. However, up to 90% of people may be unaware they carry the virus and are capable of transmitting it.

Herpes Signs and Symptoms

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have Herpes without ever experiencing symptoms. Because Herpes can be passed even when no symptoms are present and protection is properly used, it’s important to know your status, as well as that of your sexual partners.

Vaginal or pelvic infection: 

  • Discomfort similar to a yeast, bacterial or bladder infection
  • Sores in or around the vagina, vulva or urethra
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Pain while urinating
  • Headaches, body aches or flu-like symptoms

Penile infection: 

  • Sores on or around the penis
  • Pain while urinating
  • Swelling or discomfort in the groin nodes
  • Headaches, body aches or flu-like symptoms

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Anal infection: 

  • Rectal bleeding or discharge
  • Rectal pain or itching
  • Sores on or around the buttocks, thighs or rectal area
  • Pain or discomfort during bowel movements

Anal herpes is usually caused by HSV II and is more common in individuals who engage in anal intercourse. The blisters or sores that are caused by the virus often appear on or around the anus. This can lead to pain with or changes in bowel movements if the symptoms of the outbreak become severe.  

Oral infection: 

  • Sores in or around the mouth

Oral herpes (caused by HSV I) is not always related to intimate sexual behaviors. Many people with HSV I contract the virus as children, often from a casual kiss from a friend or relative. Often times, symptoms are so mild, they go unrecognized or are mistaken for another condition.  

Oral herpes is also referred to as a “cold sore” or a “fever blister”. While these most commonly appear on or around the mouth, they can also appear between the upper lip, on or inside the nose or on the chin or cheek. If you are experiencing symptoms, you should abstain from oral sex or kissing until the sores are healed and the skin returns to normal.  

It is very common to have recurring outbreaks of oral herpes. The frequency and severity of symptoms greatly varies from person to person, but tend to lessen over time.  Although there is no cure for HSV, medications can manage symptoms and control outbreaks.

What should a person know about testing positive for HSV I & II?

It is important to seek treatment for a Herpes infection, as symptoms can become severe and very painful. The virus not only affects the genital area, but lesions or blisters may also appear on the thighs, near the anus or on the buttocks. If lesions are present on the cervix, HSV can also lead to cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix).  

It is very common to have several outbreaks, especially in the first year of contracting the virus. This is particularly common with genital herpes. Although there is no cure for HSV, medications can manage symptoms and control outbreaks.  

Because the sores associated with a herpes outbreak can bleed easily, having herpes can put you at increased risk of acquiring HIV. When the sores come into contact with the mouth, penis, vagina or rectum during sex, they increase the risk of spreading HIV if either you or your partner is HIV-positive.

In pregnancy, it is very important to know if you have a Herpes infection. It’s possible to pass herpes to an infant, which can be fatal (neonatal herpes).

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It’s important to realize that both HSV I & II are very common infections. However, because the disease can be passed easily, it’s also important to seek proper medical treatment. There is no cure for Herpes, but the symptoms can be managed with medication. Speak with a medical provider about what treatment is best for you.

You should also notify past and present partners, so they can be tested. And remember, you can transmit the virus, even if you do not have symptoms.

A negative result indicates that at the time of collection, the presence of HSV was not detected in the sample provided. However, if the above symptoms arise or personal sexual activity changes, you should consider retesting.

This test can only be added to male kits.

This test can only be added to female kits.