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What percentage of people in the general population ever get a herpes blood test?


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As the title says. Curious about this, since it's not part of routine testing.

I'm guessing the number would be well under 1% in the U.S. 

Outside the U.S., I'm thinking it would be ever lower, too small to speak of.

What do you think?

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@Joel7 I agree it would by not more than 5% of the populace in the US.

Elsewhere, agree maybe 1%. Testing for HSV is all a bit of white man’s magic.

Even so, what does this matter?

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Even here in the united states i kind had to fight to get tested for it.They always said if i dont have an active outbreak they wont test for it,even when im paying it.Gotta really force them.

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1 hour ago, alextheman said:

Even here in the united states i kind had to fight to get tested for it.They always said if i dont have an active outbreak they wont test for it,even when im paying it.Gotta really force them.

That happened to me too. Close to my story

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It's statistically reported that about 80% of the population in the US who have HSV2 are unaware they have it.  There are probably a whole lot of people out in the world who are asymptomatic and some who aren't connecting the dots when they only have prodrome symptoms without having OBs.  There may be people who have OBs but are in denial that it could be herpes...."If I don't get tested, then I won't know that's what I have, so I won't have to disclose, so I can feel like a person who doesn't have herpes."  All you have to do is tell health care providers that you think you've been exposed, or that you have a funky sore and they'll test you.  In actuality, it isn't much of a stretch to state that you think you've been exposed...look at the odds.    

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