This Is The STD That Keeps Most Contestants Off 'The Bachelor'
By Jordyn Taylor for Women's Health
If you watched The Bachelor last night, you probably saw Arie take his three girlfriends one by one to the "Fantasy Suite."
And if you witnessed that spectacle, you certainly may have wondered: Do these men and women get tested for sexually transmitted diseases before they get cast on the show?
The answer is yes—and according to a new book that goes behind the scenes of the popular TV dating franchise, there's one STD in particular that prevents would-be contestants from getting a spot on the show: herpes.
In Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure—excerpted Tuesday in the New York Post—author Amy Kaufman reveals that the show's applicants must submit to lengthy psychological and medical examinations. For the latter, applicants' blood and urine is collected for STD testing. (The practice seems to be consistent across The Bachelor and its sister show, The Bachelorette, where one woman dates a pool of men.)
"If it turned out the person had an STD, they would be taken out of the running immediately," Kaufman writes. "And apparently, that’s the top reason applicants don’t make it onto the show."
Ben Hatta, the former assistant to Mike Fleiss—The Bachelor creator and executive producer—is quoted as saying that "as soon as the medical tests came back, you'd see that herpes was the biggest thing.
Which... really isn't that surprising, because herpes is probably way more common than you think. As Women's Health previously reported, there's a solid chance you have it, too.