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About 20% of the US population has been infected with the herpes simplex virus type 2 with 90% of those undiagnosed and asymptomatic. The problem is that an infected person can than pass on the disease to a sexual partner. Herpes infection doubles the risk of contracting HIV from unprotected sex. A committee of STD experts has assessed the value of screening people at high risk of STD, HIV positive people, people with HSV-2 infected partners and pregnant women. The experts agreed that all the groups should be screened except for pregnant women who don't have HIV and whose partners don't have genital herpes. Universal screening of pregnant women is not deemed to have any huge benefit with respect to transmission to newborns.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Daily News Central
About: Herpes screening unwarranted for pregnant women
Date: 10 December 2004
Source: Daily News Central
Author: William Angelos
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