Hi, having a positive swab for shingles you would need to have a separate blood test for shingles as its not hsv. Taking meds would not turn a positive into a negative.
I meant the blood test came back negative and I have read that valtrex can slow the development of the HSV antibodies. So I am afraid that is what has happened and why the blood test has missed it. Am at work and unable to get another blood test for 5 weeks. Very confused and upset..
But you need to test for shingles not hsv as the swab came up for that. Taking med for 2 days would not affect the test.
Is there a dr on this site that you can post to?
I spent hours researching and found out that yes, valtrex certain can slow the development of the HSV antibodies. Meaning it could have affected my HSV test which means yes, I definitely do have to text for HSV Again. Testing for shingles will not help me as I will have the antibodies for shingles as the antibodies for shingles and chicken pox are the same, and I have had chicken pox twice now so have the antibodies for life. So this test I have just found out from dr will not help
The Valtrex is a red herring here.
Neither culture nor PCR swab testing confuse Zoster with HSV1/2. The odds of that occurring are too small.
Your partner tests negative for HSV, although there is still about a 10% (but only about a 10% chance he has an oral HSV1 infection).
It follows that you have had a Zoster outbreak, this is the most plausible explanation by far. A HSV1 outbreak seems very remote in comparison.
I disagree with the doctor, they do not get mixed up in reputable labs!
Either way, Zoster is what you have and likely to be causing your symptoms.