January 23, 2024 at 12:33 pm #83979
I had an unprotected sexual encounter 16 days ago with one partner and a protected vaginal/unprotected oral with a different partner 6 days ago.
Only about 12 hours after that, I started seeing three isolated (not clustered) red spots that formed into blisters the following day.
I had absolutely no itching, pain, discharge, flu-like symptoms, or anything else so I assumed folliculitis.
A friend convinced me to get a swab test 4 days after noticing the blisters though they were already scabbing and close to healing as they are today.
All of my other tests came back negative but the swab was positive so I’m wondering if, based on the timeline and lack of symptoms, there is any potential for it to be a false-positive?
I’ve read online that swabbing should be done 24-48hrs after blistering (not sure why that would cause a false-positive) and that something like a yeast infection from a partner could possibly affect the test results.
Please let me know your thoughts on what my next steps should be. I’m open to the WB though I know I’d have to wait a while so if there are any other steps in the meantime, I’d appreciate it.
Thanks for all that you do!
January 24, 2024 at 1:43 pm #83990
Hi Terri, want to be sure you didn’t miss this one. Please let me know if I’m being ridiculous or if there’s a slight chance. Thanks!
January 25, 2024 at 2:26 pm #84004
Also, now that I think about it, the partner whom I had sex with while protected and which seemed to cause an immediate reaction- I had the same encounter with five months prior and had what I assumed were ingrown hairs as they fit that description and I could see hair poking through…
Could it be something with that partner that causes a reaction in me that is not HSV-2? Such as a yeast infection?
January 26, 2024 at 11:01 am #84027Terri WarrenKeymaster
Given the blisters and the positive swab test, I do not think this is a false positive. Was the swab HSV 1 or HSV 2 positive?
I would say that if this is a new infection, it is far more likely to have been acquired from the unprotected encounter 16 days before the blisters showed up, although that is a long incubation period.
January 26, 2024 at 11:20 am #84030
Swab was HSV-2 positive, HSV-1 negative. Is a follow up blood test pointless given the accuracy? I just want to be sure at this point so I can fully accept it. Driving me crazy being unsure. Thanks Terri
January 26, 2024 at 11:21 am #84032Terri WarrenKeymaster
I do not think that you need a follow-up blood test now, given the description of the lesions plus a positive swab test, plus it could be typed. I know this is not good news and I’ so sorry
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