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Is it true that according to the medical field, a doc will not do HSV 1 or 2 testing during 1's annual checkup unless 1 has symptoms or asks for it?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Usually true, but...
There are thousands of lab tests, so doctors and patients have to pick the ones that are needed for a particular situation.
Lab tests are not chosen randomly, so a patient has to talk about his symptoms or ask about the testing. Sometimes, the doctor suspects a particular disease even if the patient doesn't feel sick. In those cases, lab tests will be ordered even though there are no symptoms.

In brief: Usually true, but...
There are thousands of lab tests, so doctors and patients have to pick the ones that are needed for a particular situation.
Lab tests are not chosen randomly, so a patient has to talk about his symptoms or ask about the testing. Sometimes, the doctor suspects a particular disease even if the patient doesn't feel sick. In those cases, lab tests will be ordered even though there are no symptoms.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
In brief: Correct
Testing for herpes simplex viruses is of limited usefulness in any case, since the diagnosis is usually easy clinically and the tests themselves are flawed.
"if you aren't going to do anything different depending on the results of a test, then don't do the test.".

In brief: Correct
Testing for herpes simplex viruses is of limited usefulness in any case, since the diagnosis is usually easy clinically and the tests themselves are flawed.
"if you aren't going to do anything different depending on the results of a test, then don't do the test.".
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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