I think my wife may have been misdiagnosed with Shingles. As a little background, I recently had a cold sore on the corner of my mouth starting (I have had them many times before). I went to the store to try the cream Abreva. I was amazed as it stopped my cold sore in it's tracks. It never turned into an open blister or oozed like they normally would. Since it seemed to have cleared up, when my wife and I had sex I performed oral sex on her. After a little over a week she began saying she was having a bad burning sensation when she urinated but that it was not a urine infection. She said it was different. She also complained of body aches, back ache and chills. I looked up her symptoms and was floored when I read it could be HSV-1 from me performing oral sex on her. I made an appointment with our primary and they told her it was not herpes but rather it was shingles. That HSV-1 is rare in becoming genital herpes and it would not be as severe as hers was or inside of her vagina. That does not seem to agree with anything I read. In fact I find it to be the exact opposite, that shingles inside of her vagina is very rare and HSV-1 is not all that uncommon. They used to believe it was not but now know it is not so uncommon. The good news is she is taking Valacyclovir 3 x a day for 10 days, which I believe is the same treatment she would get if it was indeed HSV-1. The doctor did not take a culture. As a side note i looked at my wife's vagina and she had discharge and little blisters that looked exactly like images I saw for herpes. So y question is i am right in questioning this doctors diagnosis? I really think she is wrong, but it may be a moot point since she is getting the same antiviral medication.