The test for genital herpes is a swab taken from the skin when there is a blister or ulcer. Results are available within two weeks. There is no routine test available if there are no obvious blisters or ulcers.
Although the symptoms of genital herpes will clear up by themselves, severe outbreaks can be treated with antiviral tablets. This helps to ease the pain and speed up the healing process.
Other things you can do to ease the pain are:
- take a cool shower
- apply local anaesthetic cream (no other cream, ointment or lotion should be used unless prescribed by a doctor)
- gently bathe the area with diluted salt water
You can also pass urine in a warm bath if it’s really painful, especially for women.
If you currently have blisters or ulcers and would like to be tested, or you are having a severe outbreak and would like to access antiviral medication, you can visit the King’s Sexual Health Clinic at Beckenham Beacon. You can find details of clinic opening times here.