In addition, without knowing the benefits of testing, the risk of shaming and stigmatizing people outweighs the potential benefits.
For these reasons, testing everyone for herpes is not recommended at this time. Even though adults with genital herpes may not have any symptoms, herpes infections in babies can be life-threatening.
Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD).
It is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) or herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).
If you are a pregnant woman and have a partner with genital herpes, it is very important to get tested.
If you get genital herpes during pregnancy your baby could also become infected.
Genital herpes does not usually result in serious outcomes in healthy, non-pregnant adults.
Also, false positive test results (test results that say you have herpes when you do not actually have the virus) are possible.
Even if you do not have symptoms, you should talk openly and honestly about your sexual history with your doctor to find out if you should be tested for any STDs, including herpes.
CDC does not recommend herpes testing for people without symptoms.
This is because diagnosing genital herpes in someone without symptoms has not shown any change in their sexual behavior (e.g., wearing a condom or not having sex) nor has it stopped the virus from spreading.