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Misdiagnosed & Misinformed about if I have Herpes?
I was dating a woman with HSV 1&2 and at the end of our LTR, had a skin rash outbreak that wasn't exactly the signs of herpes since there was no prodome, I had swelling of the glans (glands) on my penis below the head, a rash lasted much longer than a few weeks and there was never painful or itchy with.
I waited at least 15 weeks til after my last encounter with her and maybe a month or so after all symptoms had cleared before having an HSV IGG specific Blood Test which came back Negative for both HSV 1&2.
I continued to have dry skin and flaking of my penis skin for another month or so and was treated for a yeast infection with several topical creams. About 2 months ago I had a hard white pimple like spot appear on my shaft and it stayed there for about 3 weeks before it turned in to a pimple gt red and disappeared, however, it has left a light red blemish which shows when I get erect.
I'm concerned as to whether my HSV test results could have been inaccurate even after waiting 15 or more weeks since my last sexual encounter?
SHould I be retested for Herpes or see a dermatologist for a possible skin condition? The hard bump like spot happened a few years back on the other side of my shaft and I actually burst it myself after it was there for over 3 months and it was filled with hard white puss like substance, but it cleared immediately after I did that and squeezed it all out. Np scar or anything. I recently saw a posting referencing mollesceum contagiosum and am thinking this could be possible explanation.
Again, my question is really could there have been a false negative HSV 1&2 IGG specific test after 15 weeks from last exposure?
Sorry, for length of post just trying to be informative.
I just want to thank you in advance for your response, it is so amazing to see someone care as much as you to help other people; just want you to know it doesn't go unnoticed.
Well, I went ahead and got tested again any way because I'm a bit of a hypochondriac to say the least and jut got my results back.
These results are based on well over a year of complete abstinence.
I was .91 - equivocal for HSV 2 & 1.37 low positive for HSV 1.
Would you suggest retesting again with western blot or do you think I should move past Herpes as the issue and focus on seeking a dermatologist.
HSV 2 IgG, Type Spec163153 0.91 0.00-0.90 index
Equivocal 0.91 - 1.09
Note: Negative indicates no antibodies detected to
HSV-2. Equivocal may suggest early infection. If
clinically appropriate, retest at later date. Positive
indicates antibodies detected to HSV-2; coinfection
with HSV-1 cannot be excluded without type specific
HSV 1 IgG, Type Spec164899 1.37 0.00-0.90 index
Equivocal 0.91 - 1.09
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