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Is it possible that pityriasis rosea could cause positive HSV-2 results? Dermatologist diagnosed me as possibly having pityriasis rosea....however when the blood tests she ordered came back she stated that I had positive results for HSV-2. I understand that PR is related to HSV-6 & HSV-7...but is it possible that PR could cause a positive result for HSV-2?
Thank you Grace for the response. I'm calling the doctor on Monday to get the specifics of what type of test and what the actual number was. She just said is was a low positive. I have made a follow up for this Thursday as well. Which test is the most accurate and what is the lab number of it? I'm going to ask for a retest because I need to be 100% positive before I speak with my spouse. At this point I'm just devastated. Also, could that number tell if the infection is newly acquired, as I have been in a monogamous relationship for 4 years...or at least on my part.
I just wanted to follow up with my results. After my last post, I went back to the doctor in pure disbelief that this could be true. I never had an outbreak, never had a bump, never even a suspicious hair bump...NOTHING! I'm not promiscuous and have been with the same partner for 4 years. Neither him nor me have ever had a single symptom or sign. So it was just too hard to believe or accept. At that time the doctor proceeded to tell me that retesting wouldn't change the outcome and that I had HSV2. She recommended me to start valtrex. She said 99% positive but still retested me after I wouldn't take no for an answer. Those test results came back positive for HSV2, 3.0 again. Still not wanting to believe I was positive, I found one of the few places in NY that does the biokit and WB testing. Both came back NEGATIVE! Major lesson to learn here is that if you don't have symptoms and are not high risk for HSV2 and have a number of less than 3.5, demand confirmatory testing! I can't help but to wonder how many people have been misdiagnosed as positive for HSV2 and live their lives accordingly. If I would have not demanded confirmatory testing a misdiagnosis could have seriously affected my life, my happiness, my relationship with my husband. If it wasn't for this website and the help of Grace, I would have just accepted the diagnosis. Thank you for everything!
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