Thank you for your thoughts. In terms of herpes epidemiology and social implications would not getting tested be unethical? This is a hard decision to make and I understand the very personal nature, but as a provider do you guide your patients a certain way? (from a personal and public health standpoint)?
There is so much conflicting information out there and I understand it is not a straightforward answer, I would feel bad in a scenario where I didnt test, was positive, and passed it unknowingly to a future partner and they were symptomatic. But of course the main thing weighing on me is potential disclosure of HSV-2 as someone who is asymptomatic and still searching for a monogamous relationship and facing possible rejection for it (not necessarily the health outcomes which is minimal).
Thank you for your time and perspective.