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Are you having any worrisome symptoms? If so, what symptoms are you having?
Or was this a general screening?
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When testing is done as general screening, the current recommendations of the US Preventive Services Task Force is that testing for herpes is not recommended as a screening test. Certainly, if someone has symptoms that are worrisome, then testing would be appropriate. But in the absence of symptoms, it is recommended that tests for herpes not be done.
There are some doctors that will still include the herpes test in general screening, but the doctor or clinic that has done your testing is obviously following the national recommendations.
Intermittent flaking of the skin is not worrisome for herpes. So, that is why the doctor did not test for herpes. In this situation there is also nothing to take or do for herpes, unless you develop symptoms in the future.
Is there any other information that would be helpful?
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