Herpes testing is done to detect the presence of the herpes simplex virus (HSV). An HSV infection can cause small, painful blisterlike sores of the skin or the tissue lining (mucous membranes) of the throat, nose, mouth, urethra, rectum, and vagina.
Genital herpes symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. Most people never have any symptoms or ones that are so mild they may not recognize them, although some people develop painful and bothersome symptoms.
Genital herpes is usually diagnosed based on your medical history and a physical exam. Your health professional may ask you the following questions:Do you think you were exposed to genital herpes or another STD? How do you know? Did your partner tell you?