Signs You Should Get An Anal Herpes Test
If you’re sexually active and had anal sex before, it’s smart to get an anal herpes test.
Anal herpes means you’ve been infected with the Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2) in the anal area. It is also sometimes referred to as HSV proctitis in the medical community.
An at home anal herpes test will let you know whether or not you have this infection. The majority of genital and anal herpes outbreaks in the U.S. are caused by Herpes Simplex Virus 2.
There isn’t a cure for herpes, but you can get medications to help treat it.
Here’s everything you need to know rectal herpes, signs you have this STD, and why it’s important to get a rectal herpes test right now.
How Can You Get Rectal Herpes?
Anyone who’s had anal sex with a man who has herpes could have this STD and should take a test. If you’ve had unprotected anal sex with someone who has HSV-2 or HSV-1, you could be infected with this disease.
Think your chances of contracting this are slim? One out of every six people ages 14 to 49 have genital herpes. So if you’ve had anal sex, you could get this STD even if you’re not showing symptoms.
Any exchange of bodily fluids with someone who has herpes and direct contact with your anus—mouth and fingers included—could cause you to have rectal herpes if they have this STD.
You could still be infected even if your sexual partner didn’t have a herpes outbreak. If you’ve engaged in any form of anal sex, it’s smart to take a STD test.
Wear a condom correctly every time you have sex to minimize your chances of contracting this STD.
It’s important to do a anal herpes test every few months since symptoms don’t show up right away after you’ve been infected.
If you have the HSV-2 infection, you’re at a higher risk of getting HIV, even when there are no symptoms of genital herpes.
If you’ve had anal sex, you need to take a rectal herpes test. In some cases, this disease has mimicked symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease and until a rectal herpes test was given or a biopsy was taken, those infected didn’t know they had it.
Rectal herpes symptoms in men and women
- Bloody rectal discharge
- Pain in the rectum when you aren’t going to the bathroom
- Rectal bleeding
- Red bumps
- White blisters
- Ulcers or sores on or near your anus
- Scabs that cover ulcers that have ruptured or bled
- Bloody stools
- Lack of appetite
- Rash on your neck, upper body, trunk, buttocks, and legs
Rectal Herpes Test Options
Skip the appointment with your doctor and the embarrassment of having a stranger swab your butt when you order myLAB Box’s 14-panel test that covers HSV-2, HSV-1, and HIV, to name a few. Our comprehensive test addresses infections in the mouth, genitals, and anus.
You’ll get lab-certified results in just a few days. Buying one at-home testing kit allows you to screen for herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia and other STDs and STIs at once so you’ll get test results you want with less hassle.
What Happens If I Have Rectal Herpes?
If your test comes back positive, we’re here to help. Although herpes doesn’t have a cure, myLAB Box provides resources for you to talk to once you get your results. Our experts will walk you through the steps you need to take next.
A doctor can’t cure your rectal herpes, but they can give you medications to help control outbreaks and relieve painful symptoms.
Millions of people suffer from genital herpes and there are studies and clinical trials going on to find a solution for this STD.
Tell your partner that you have this STD so they can take a rectal herpes test. You both should talk to a doctor about how to have sex safely so that they don’t get infected with herpes, as well as what type of sex is safe during an outbreak.
Take a rectal herpes test from the comfort of home and get lab-certified results in just a few days.
You’ll save yourself time, money, and the embarrassment of having a stranger swab your anus to test for herpes. The only one who will have to get intimate with genitals during this test is you.
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