HSV Facts #4: Herpes isn’t included on a standard STD test.

HSV Facts 4

 

We’ve all had the conversation. Aaaaaand it’s definitely an awkward one to have. I’m not sure about you but, every time I’ve had this conversation it goes the same…

“Are you clean?”

“Yeah, I’ve been tested for everything.”

I’d say most people would trust this as an sufficient answer…. but is it really?? What does that even mean? “Everything?” Like, has this person been tested consistently? When was their last sexual partner? Do they get tested after every new partner? What test did they get? Can I see the results?

My poor head is spinning….. don’t even get me started on the whole “Are you clean?” thing.

It is your job to be proactive about your sexual health!!! Ask the awkward questions. Do yourself a favor. It’s better to be proactive than reactive. Especially when it comes to your body. Take it from me. 

HSV is NOT INCLUDED on a standard STD panel. Ask your doctors. I’m not lying. Want to know why??? Here’s the kicker – it’s not included because herpes is “too common”. Almost everyone would test positive! At least, that’s what my doctor told me. Too freaking common???? What kind of crap is that? Ugh…. It grinds my gears!

Anywho, rant over. Just ask your doctor to be tested for HSV. There are two ways to test. Swab and blood. Yes, there’s a blood test!! 🙂 Click this link if you want to learn more about the different tests and how they work.