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Herpes Is Reportedly the Top Reason Applicants Are Rejected From The Bachelor

Allure logo Allure 2/28/2018 Andrea Park
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If you've ever dreamed of competing for romance on national television — aka applying to be on The Bachelor or Bachelorette— it would be wise to get an STD test before applying. And if you do, you may save yourself from getting disqualified by what a former assistant on the show says is the most popular reason people are taken out of the running to appear on the hit series: genital herpes. In an excerpt of Los Angeles Times writer Amy Kaufman's upcoming book, Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure, published in the New York Post this week, Kaufman describes one of the most make-or-break parts of the application process.

In the excerpt, Kaufman described the process of taking the potential contestant for medical examination. The contestant would give blood and urine samples that would apparently be tested for drugs and sexually transmitted diseases. "They would fill out their medical history and answer questions about their health. If they were on any medication, they would tell the medical professional, who would want to know whether they would need their pills during production. If it turned out the person had an STD, they would be taken out of the running immediately. And apparently, that’s the top reason applicants don't make it onto the show," Kaufman wrote.

Apparently, herpes in particular was the top reason contestants were eliminated, according to Ben Hatta, creator and executive producer of The Bachelor Mike Fleiss's old assistant. He told Kaufman, "Sometimes you'd be the first person to tell a contestant that they had herpes. You'd be like, 'Uh, you should call your doctor.' Why? 'We're not going to be able to have you on our show, but you should call your doctor. Then they'd realize they'd been denied from The Bachelor and now a bunch of people knew they had herpes.'"

As potentially overwhelming as this process might seem, the results aren't actually that surprising. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least one in every six people between the ages of 14 and 49 have genital herpes. It also makes sense that many of the contestants may not find out about their diagnosis until applying to be on The Bachelor, since the CDC notes that most people with herpes have either very mild symptoms or none at all — which is also why regular STD testing should be a top priority for anyone who's sexually active.

The excerpt from Kaufman's book gives away even more behind-the-scenes secrets about the rigorous application process to be on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Besides the medical examination, potential contestants must also fill out a 150-question personality quiz and then talk about their results with a licensed psychologist, undergo a rigorous background check by a private investigator, have a one-on-one interview with one of the show's producers (complete with "candles and mood lighting"), and then face a panel of about two dozen more producers, all peppering the reality TV hopefuls with questions ranging from the mundane "What is your dream job?" to the more outlandish "Would you rather have a DDD bra cup or write a cover story for Vogue?"

You can read the entire excerpt on the Post's site, or wait until Kaufman's book arrives on shelves on March 6. But be warned — those dirty little backstage secrets might make you never want to watch The Bachelor again.

Slideshow: 20 questions you're too afraid to ask your doctor (but should) (Courtesy: Mom.me) 



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