Since 80% of those infected with HSV 2, the most common cause of genital herpes, don't know they are infected, this is not as simple as it sounds. Most health care providers don't test for herpes, even if an STD screen is requested. There is no such thing as a set STD panel. Women who have herpes also often don't know they have it - they think they have a yeast infection or a bladder infection or irritation from too much sex. So to frame this as simple is a disservice. Now if someone knows they have herpes and doesn't disclose that to sexual partners, I would agree that that is grounds for a law suit, if transmission occurs.
Terri Warren, Nurse Practitioner.
The San Francisco Examiner
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