HPV In Women

Humаn рарillоmаviruѕ оr HPV iѕ thе mоѕt соmmоn virаl ѕеxuаllу trаnѕmittеd diѕеаѕе (STD) in thе United Stаtеѕ. Aссоrding tо thе Cеntеrѕ fоr Disease Cоntrоl аnd Prеvеntiоn (CDC), аt lеаѕt оnе оut of every two ѕеxuаllу асtivе people will hаvе HPV аt ѕоmе роint in their lifе. There are predominantly, many types of HPV in women. Read More...

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Screening for Genital Herpes is Still Not Recommended for People Without Symptoms

Genital Herpes is Still Not Recommended for People Without SymptomsIt is estimated that almost 1 in 6 people in the U.S. ages 14 – 49 years old have a genital herpes infection.1 Despite the prevalence of this sexually transmitted infection, no effective vaccine has yet been developed, nor has a cure been found. Consistent and correct condom use only gives about 30% protection from spread, since the virus is passed by skin to skin contact.2 Several blood screening tests have been developed with the hope that early detection might help curb the spread of the infection.

In December 2016, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released an updated report regarding screening recommendations for genital herpes. After researching all available data on current screening blood tests, the USPSTF made this statement:

“Serologic screening (blood tests) for genital herpes is associated with a high rate of false-positive test results and potential psychosocial harms.3

The following recommendation was made:

The USPSTF recommends against routine serologic screening for genital HSV infection in asymptomatic adolescents and adults, including those who are pregnant.”1

The findings of the USPSTF is consistent with the “Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2015” by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which states that screening in the general population is not recommended. However, the CDC document does say that herpes blood tests should be considered for persons who come in for an STD evaluation particularly if they are at high risk with multiple sexual partners, are men having sex with men (MSM), or are HIV positive.4

There is an important difference between “screening” and “diagnostic” testing. For sexually transmitted infections, screening tests are performed on individuals who are considered at high risk for STIs, but who do not have symptoms. Diagnostic tests are performed on individuals who have signs and/or symptoms of a particular disease or condition. Sometimes the same method of testing is used for both screening and for diagnosis, but the difference lies in whether or not the patient is displaying signs and symptoms. With genital herpes, a culture of blisters or ulcerations is often performed and blood tests are also used for

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