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Some reality stars must undergo STD screening

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Christopher Lynch, MD Apr. 05, 2011

Love-seeking men and women who appear on ABC's reality show The Bachelorette are required to undergo screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), as well as illegal drugs, before they begin filming, according to a recent article published by Hollywood Life.

“It’s the sexiest STD-free dating pool on Earth. [Network officials] make you pee in a cup and draw blood. If you have a virus, you’re not going on the show,” contestant Jesse Csincsak told the news source.

The site reported that the top 50 finalists for spots on the series must also interview with network producers on several occasions and take an 800-question psychological exam.

Doctor Catherine Selden, who conducts ABC's exams, told Hollywood Life that qualified contestants have to be capable of coping with high stress and emotions related to the nature of the show.

STD testing is a safety precaution that many sexually active individuals undergo in order to protect their health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 19 million new cases of STD infections each year in the U.S.

Individuals who would like to be screened for these diseases may consider using confidential online testing services.

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