SUNDAY, January 8 (HealthDay News) -- Revised rules that could
make herpes virus tests cheaper and more widely available have been
proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
In a proposal released Friday but dated Dec. 21, the FDA said it
may change the classification of tests for herpes simplex virus
types 1 and 2 to class II from class III, which would reduce the
regulatory burdens associated with the tests, the Associated Press
The change would open the way for companies seeking to develop
and market herpes tests and would also relax the training
requirements for laboratories and medical offices that offer the
tests, FDA spokeswoman Julie Zawisza said.
The FDA considered reclassifying the tests as long ago as 1980,
but said the tests posed a "potential unreasonable risk of illness
or injury" at the time. With the older tests, a false positive
could expose a pregnant mother or her fetus to unnecessary
treatment with antiviral drugs or lead to an unnecessary Caesare...
I'm always amazed at the amount of
misinformation, or lack of information, that people have about Herpes. Often when I tell a new partner that I have
Herpes his response is a simple "I know nothing about that, so it doesn't
really bother me". I also hear
contrasting information from doctors. For example, just a couple weeks ago, a friend told me she was concerned
that she may have picked up an STD from a casual fling. Her doctor gave her tests for everything but
Herpes, saying that the Herpes test was too expensive to do and that if my friend
did, in fact, have the disease she would surely already know. I was suprised by the doctor's decision
given the statistics about the number of people who have the disease but don't
I told my friend about my
first six months with the disease in which I had a light rash above my
butt. It was so insignificant that I
tried to make an appointment with my dermatologist, thinking it was just an
allergic reaction. When I coul...
Fetal scalp pH testing is a vaginal procedure performed when a woman is in active labor to determine if the baby is getting enough oxygen.
Fetal scalp blood; Scalp pH testing; Fetal blood testing - scalp
How the test is performed
The procedure typically takes about 5 minutes. The mother lies on her back with her feet in stirrups. If her cervix is dilated at least 3 to 4 centimeters, a plastic cone is placed in the vagina and fit snugly against the scalp of the fetus.
The scalp of the fetus is cleansed and pierced, and a small blood sample is taken for examination. The blood is collected in a thin tube. The tube is either sent to the hospital laboratory or analyzed by a machine in the labor and delivery department. In either case, results are available in just a few minutes.
If the woman's cervix is not dilated enough, it is impossible to perform this test.
How to prepare for the test
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