Screening for Asymptomatic Genital Herpes

Is Serologic Testing Worth It?

Leia Raphaelidis, FNP


Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 2014;10(3):194-199. 

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Clearly, the decision as to whether to screen for asymptomatic genital herpes must be individualized. HSV-2 IgG is a test that should not be ordered without the patient making an informed decision and understanding the potential benefits and repercussions of being tested. Some patients may decide that they would rather not know their status, whereas others may feel that knowing their status with certainty so as to be able to notify prospective partners and take measures to prevent transmission is the only ethical approach to take. Whether testing for herpes or not, clinicians should reinforce the importance of safer sex with all patients at risk for STI acquisition.

In compliance with national ethical guidelines, the author reports no relationships with business or industry that would pose a conflict of interest.