Screening for Genital Herpes
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Tests are given to people who do not have symptoms, but who may be at risk.
There aren’t any screening guidelines or tests for genital herpes.
Women who are pregnant and near labor will be asked about their history. They will also be checked for any herpes sores. A test may be done to find out if the virus is there. This can help avoid spreading the virus to the baby.
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Genital herpes. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114875/Genital-herpes. Updated February 19, 2018. Accessed August 10, 2018.
Genital herpes—CDC fact sheet (detailed). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/stdfact-herpes-detailed.htm. Updated February 9, 2017. Accessed August 10, 2018.
Last reviewed June 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Beverly Siegal, MD, FACOG
Last Updated: 8/10/2018
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