We believed that the herpes simplex virus test was included in standard std panel. That wasn’t true for most of us. Some people have the beauty of their obgyn or primary doctor including the test during their visit. Most doctors don’t include the herpes test because it’s not required, It have been stated that the test is fairly expensive or not accurate.
I am sure you think not required why…. The std isn’t curable. It can be transmitted to a partner unknowingly. Million of people have it and don’t know it. That seem like grounds for it to be included in the std standard panel.
CDC explains that,
” Your doctor chooses STD tests based on your sexual behaviors (number of sex partners, if condoms are used every time, etc.), as well as how common the infection is in the area that you live in. CDC does not recommend herpes testing for people without symptoms. This is because diagnosing herpes in someone without symptoms has not shown any change in their sexual behavior (e.g., wearing a condom or not having sex) nor has it stopped the virus from spreading. The stigma of herpes causes psychological distress.
These information explain why sexual health education is vital. It’s difficult to have a honest discussion with your doctor about STDs without knowing how test are determine. Let’s be honest most people fail to tell their doctor the truth in fear of correction or judgement.
Ask for the Test
You have to ask for the herpes test when go into your doctor office. You will be asked your sexual history. The best response is I want to remain caution of my sexual health. I want a blood test for herpes since I don’t have any symptoms . If the doctor office don’t offer the test without symptoms do some research to find another office.
What you don’t know will hurt you. So make sure you ask your partner their status and provide proof because many individuals assume that he/she is free of STDs and that’s always true.