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Herpes Simplex I/II (IgM) Test

A Herpes test to identify the current infection of the virus

This comprehensive Herpes blood test can identify the current infection of the Herpes Simplex Virus within your blood. It’s useful if you believe you may have symptoms of herpes or if a recent sexual partner has told you that they have it.

  • Postal test£90

    We'll send a sample collection kit to your door

  • Clinic test£120

    Visit a private STD clinic to deposit your sample

  • Home visit£220

    A nurse will visit your home address. Additional fee may apply in remote areas.

  • Turnaround time 2 days

    The turnaround time in working days, once your sample is received by the lab.

  • Home Test & Home Visit available

    We'll send a sample collection kit to your door

Collection methods:


Tests for

Herpes Simplex I (Current Infection) Herpes Simplex II (Current Infection)

Who is the herpes test kit for?

This test is for you if you believe you may have recently come into contact with the Herpes Simplex Virus and have symptoms of herpes, including blisters or lesions affecting the face or genitals. Due to the nature of the test, it wouldn’t be accurate if you have been infected a long time ago, so make sure you opt for this herpes test kit only if you have recently been exposed and have symptoms.

Note: if you wish to test for a previous infection with herpes and you don’t have any symptoms, then a better suit for you would be this Herpes Simplex (IgG) test, which is accurate from 28 days following potential exposure.

When can I take this test?

If you have symptoms then this home test will offer accurate results straight away. This means that you don’t need to wait for weeks; just take the test as soon as you start noticing symptoms and you will get the results within days.

What is the turnaround time for this herpes blood test?

This test has a two-day turnaround time after reaching the laboratory. As soon as we have got your results, we will notify you using our online portal. Positive tests can be actioned by your own GP.  We can also recommend an independent private GP service should you require it.

Clinic test procedure

By selecting a clinic test you’ll be assisted by a nurse or doctor in one of our sexual health clinics located across the country.

1. Book your test

To book this test, simply press the ‘Select This Test’ button above. You’ll then be taken to our booking page where you can choose the best clinic for your needs.

2. Arrive at the clinic

Our clinics are all based in a discreet setting and because many of them are general health clinics, there’s no reason why anyone will know that you’re there for a sexual health screening. Just let the receptionist know who you are upon arrival.

3. Your blood sample

The Herpes Simplex I/II (IgM) test requires a blood sample only. The blood sample is collected by a trained nurse or doctor. They’ll take care of you and ensure you’re comfortable, but it will require the use of a needle.

4. Now we’ll take care of your results

Once you’ve deposited your sample, we’ll take care of the rest. We’ll notify you of your results using our online portal as soon as they’re reported by the laboratory.

Home test procedure

When choosing an at-home test kit, we’ll post a sample kit to your door for you to collect the sample in your own home, before returning it in a prepaid envelope. Detailed instructions will be provided with the kit, but here’s how the process works.

1. Book your test

To book this test, simply press the ‘Select This Test’ button above. You’ll then be taken to our booking page where you will need to select the Postal Test option.

2. We’ll post the kit

As soon as we receive your order the kit will be dispatched with all of the paperwork you’ll require. Our kits are sent by first class post unless you choose the Click & Collect option.

3. Your blood sample

Your blood sample will be collected using a finger prick sample collection kit. Full instructions will be provided with the kit and it’s important you follow them closely.

4. Now we’ll take care of your results

We provide you with a return postage envelope that can be sent directly to our laboratory. Simply put the package in the post box and as soon as it’s received by the lab we will begin testing.

Herpes FAQs

What does a genital herpes test involve?

A genital herpes test checks for whether you are infected with a Herpes Simplex Virus type I and Herpes Simplex Virus type II. You can get tested for Herpes by using a blood, urine or swab sample. Opt for an HSV-1 and 2 home test kit or choose a test that checks for only one of them.

How accurate are herpes home test kits?

Herpes home tests are a reliable way of getting results. The important thing to remember is to take an IgM test if you’ve recently been infected and/or have active symptoms and take an IgG test 28 or more days after exposure and/or if you don’t have any symptoms. As long as you choose the right test, then you can trust the accuracy of the results.

What types of herpes tests are there?

There are 2 main types of herpes tests depending on whether they check for current or past infection: IgM herpes tests check for current infection while IgG – for past infection. You can also find different herpes tests depending on the sample collection method: urine and swab tests or herpes blood tests.

Finally, there are tests that check for Herpes Simplex I only, Herpes Simplex II only or tests that check for both.

Can I get tested for herpes without symptoms?

Yes, you can test for herpes even if you don’t have symptoms. Simply make sure you wait for at least 28 days after exposure and use a Herpes IgG test, which is most accurate if you don’t have symptoms.

Can I get tested for herpes while pregnant?

You can get tested for herpes if you are expecting a baby. If you’re having herpes-like symptoms, then it’s especially important to get tested. Order your test today or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out on 0161 660 2599 or info@yoursexualhealth.co.uk – our friendly staff will be able to advise further.

What are the symptoms of herpes?

Some of the common symptoms you might get if infected with herpes include:

  • Blisters on or around the genitals or mouth
  • Pain when urinating
  • Itching around your genitals

Have a look at our blog on everything you need to know about herpes – its symptoms, prevention, testing and more.

Why Choose Us?

Nearest clinics

These are the nearest clinics where this test is available.

London - Wimpole Street

Wimpole Street, London. W1G 9RT
  • Great availability
  • Good public transport
  • Evening & weekend appointments

Our Wimpole Street clinic is located a short walk from Oxford Circus or Bond Street tube station making it ideal for those that work or live in Greater London. This clinic provides excellent turnaround times as it's in the closest location to our laboratory.

London - City

London Wall, London. EC2M 5TU
  • Great availability
  • Good public transport
  • Evening & weekend appointments
  • Onsite parking

Our private sexual health clinic in City of London is located on London Wall, near Moorgate train and underground station. The clinic is easily accessible for anyone living or working in the City of London offering quick and easy access to testing. Other nearby transport options include Bank and Liverpool Street station.

Screenshot of the map where Your Sexual Health's private STD clinic is in London Victoria Avenue

London - Victoria Avenue

Victoria Avenue, London, EC2M 4NS
  • Great availability
  • Good public transport

Our London - Victoria Avenue clinic is located in Bishopsgate, conveniently located a minute's walk away from Liverpool Street tube station. With good transport links, the clinic is perfect for anyone either working/living in the area or travelling by tube.