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...
You've been diagnosed with genital herpes and now you and your long term partner are asking the inevitable questions: Was someone unfaithful? If he or she has herpes, do I? If I don't, how can I keep from getting it? First, stop speculating about your partners actions. In many cases, it's a futile effort. The primary infection - as it's called - can cause typical outbreak symptoms or it can be totally asymptomatic. After initial infection, the virus climbs up a nerve where it can lie dormant for days, weeks, months or even several years. Knowing when, how or from whom you got the virus can be very difficult to figure out. Deal with where you are now. And that means that the unaffected partner needs to be tested as soon as possible to see if they are infected. Know that there are many different tests that your doctor may order to screen for herpes. One test screens for both forms of herpes. Therefore if you are positive, you don't know which one you have. ...
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