Clinical Preventive Service Recommendation

Genital Herpes Simplex Virus Infection

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Genital Herpes Simplex Virus Infection, Pregnant Women

The AAFP recommends against routine serological screening for herpes simplex virus (HSV) in asymptomatic pregnant women at any time during pregnancy to prevent neonatal HSV infection. (2005)

(Grade: D recommendation)
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/grades.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)
Clinical Considerations: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsherp.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)

Genital Herpes Simplex Virus Infection, Non-Pregnant Adolescents and Adults

The AAFP recommends against routine serological screening for herpes simplex virus (HSV) in asymptomatic adolescents and adults. (2005)

(Grade: D recommendation)
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/grades.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)
Clinical Considerations: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsherp.htm(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)

These recommendations are provided only as assistance for physicians making clinical decisions regarding the care of their patients. As such, they cannot substitute for the individual judgment brought to each clinical situation by the patient's family physician. As with all clinical reference resources, they reflect the best understanding of the science of medicine at the time of publication, but they should be used with the clear understanding that continued research may result in new knowledge and recommendations. These recommendations are only one element in the complex process of improving the health of America. To be effective, the recommendations must be implemented.