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  • 3 years later...

idk if you can join with it or not, im trying to figure that out, but i used to be in the guard and im thinking or reenlisting and dont know if i can now. but anyways, yes they would find out anything you have that is "abnormal". trust me, the tests are no joke at all and very very in depth. so its no use trying to hide anything honestly.

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If any army refused to accept someone who could defend the country for something as mundane as herpes I don't know if I'd want to be a citizen of that country!!!!!:mad:

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We've discussed this same topic here before. The U.S. military does not routinely test for herpes. They are no different from the civilian medical community in that.

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  • 1 year later...

Alot of times H WILL disqualify you from entering, because of force retention statistics they are looking for any reason to cut people.

Has anyone had it, not said anything, and if so was there a test for it during basic training or after graduating basic or is it just like MEPS where they only test for HIV?

Only responses from people that are in the military or have a spouse that is please, hearsay is not particularly helpful with this.


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Hey I know several young and men and women activity serving now on this site who have h1 or h2 and have not been turned away from serving. Truly, Ace. :)

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I served in the UK military twice while I had H. (Although I was unaware at the time - on both occasions).

I had various medicals during those times, but I dont remember ever having my blood tested (although it's possible), so as far as I know they dont test for it.

However, I can remember the question of if I had any (or have had any std's) being asked on my application form. - Obviously not being aware; I ticked the NO box.

Unfortunately I have no idea of the USA military process

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At the end of the day matey, you can only try nonetheless.

One thing for sure is that they wont disclose why you're rejected (so nobody else needs to know why) - if infact you do get rejected.

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Thanks guys, I appreciate the feedback. Anyone with direct experience, as in you served yourself, in the US military? Please chime in.

Go to the top of the page and enter something like herpes and the military as your search terms. This question has come up repeatedly, and there were very specific, supported answers to some of those threads.

The bottom line was that if you did not have an active outbreak at the time of your entrance physical, you would be fine.

FWIW, I did serve in the US Military, but it was a long time ago.


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I appreciate everyone's feedback and realisticgal yours as well. I did search and read all of the posts, but most of them were not providing info from people that have actually served themselves, which I need here to make sure the information is reliable. If they had served, it was always people who had disclosed it, as opposed to kept the H private upon entering the military.

The posters were often usually asking whether MEPS (medical processing) tested for H, I already know that they do not as I made it through MEPS. I am wondering whether once in, like for example at medical inprocessing at basic training or later down the road while serving, that they test. Again, this information needs to come from those who have served so that I can make sure its reliable.

All input from those currently serving or civis working in the military medical community is greatly appreciated.

Thanks guys.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I have 27 years of service and I have never been tested for H. Pretty sure of it as I ask everytime a needle enters my arm. Don't let H deter you from going in.

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