Wondering if you should be
tested for herpes? Well, it's a
controversial question, but here's a partial list of those who might be a good
candidate for the blood test.
1. First of all, if you are asking the question, you should get the
test. Put those concerns to rest.
2. If you've had any sexual
partners in the past and you wonder if you may have gotten herpes without
3. If you've had a partner in
the past who has herpes, you might want to be tested to be sure you don't have
4. If you are currently in a
relationship with a partner who has genital herpes and you are wondering how to
reduce the risk of transmission, your first logical step is to determine if YOU
HAVE ALREADY BEEN AFFECTED!! Why in the
world would you go through the trouble to reduce your risk of getting the infection
if you already have it!
5. Anyone who has been
diagnosed with herpes by a visual examination alone and wants confirmation...
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...
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