You Probably Have Herpes – so Stop Laughing

The heavy stigmatization of herpes only contributes to increases in disease transmission and hinders public health prevention efforts.

Highly stigmatized, genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections that your doctor isn’t testing you for. Most people, in fact, don’t even realize that they aren’t being tested for herpes when they request a full STI screen.

Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has screening guidelines for HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, human papilloma virus, and hepatitis B, it states that screening for herpes may be useful in some situations but does not recommend screening in the general population. Why?

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