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1 Sorry. I meant to say how can the Valtrex cause a false negative on the PCR swab test? I want to understand how antivirals may interfere with PCR swab testing better. I was taking Valtrex 500 mg BID for at least a solid week prior to getting the outbreak and had it swabbed within 24 hours of noticing any symptoms/redness. I have seen some studies show that PCR can still show positive even if people are taking valtrex (like when they test shedding rates of antivirals vs placebo). That is why i am confused how antivirals can cause a false negative.
2. Do you recommend i get off the valtrex to get a more accurate PCR swab test result?
3. I have had some rash on the skin of my buttcheek two sepearte times. It looked like 7 very small dots that appeared in somewhat of a linear distribution. They did not itch but first presented as redness and then later within a couple of days lightly scabbed. I did not see obvious vesicles, but maybe they were very flat and tiny vesicles. Does that sound like herpes on butt? It showed up 12 days after the genital lesion appeared. I have been taking valtrex 500 mg BID for supression so i am disappointed if this is another ob that happened so soon while on antiviral.
4. For females, what areas of my body can I shed asymptomatically? Is it just the vagina, anus, and vulvar region, or can I shed from other locations that I had an outbreak- like where i had those dots on my butt? Please let me know which areas of my body can shed virus?
5. Can covering those areas on my body by wearing bike shorts during sex help to decrease transmission since there is less skin-skin exposure?
6. What are areas on men can HSV penetrate/infect? I know penis is one, but what other areas are susceptible? In other words, what areas on men’s bodies should be covered to prevent transmission?
7 If this is HSV1- why am I getting it so often on AV suppress? what else can I do to treat? I am considering getting off label SADBE. What are your thoughts?