These newer tests are fast, accurate, and can tell if a person has HSV-1 or HSV-2. However, since most cases of genital herpes are caused by HSV-2, a positive result for type-2 antibodies most likely indicates genital herpes. HSV type 2 (HSV-2) most often causes genital herpes. It can be spread through skin contact or through fluids from the mouth or genitals. Tests can be done on skin sores or blisters to diagnose herpes. These tests are most often done when someone has a first outbreak and when a pregnant women develops genital herpes symptoms. The symptoms of genital herpes can vary widely, depending upon whether you are having an initial or recurrent episode.
Tests for herpes are not routinely included among STD screenings. This is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Have any unusual condition of the genital skin checked out by your doctor and tested for herpes. The doctor will take a sample from an infected area with a swab and send it to a laboratory.