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So about 6 weeks ago I had sex with a guy for the first time unprotected. For a day or two after I felt a slight itching, but thought I might be getting a yeast infection, which I get often. Two more days later these two tiny bumps pop up on my pubic area, but not on the actual genitals. I thought they were just razor burn or body acne which I also get a lot, but to be safe I went to urgent care where they did a rapid culture and told me a few days later it came up positive. I started taking valtrex and my arms and legs got this itchy rash. I wasn't sure if it was the H or just reaction to the valtrex. Bumps went away within probably a week. Two weeks after the call I got a blood test which came up negative for both types. Is there any chance the viral culture was a false positive? Has anyone here received a false diagnosis? I need help making sense of what is happening but it is so hard when I don't have clear results. I'm getting another blood test in a few weeks but I don't know what to tell myself for now.

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The positive test is  bit concerning. I'd try to obtain a printout of the test results as to exactly what was detected.

If infected though, it is not unusual for the blood test to be negative as it takes up to 12 weeks to become positive although the average is about 4 weeks. Your next blood test should be 12 weeks after the unprotected sex you mention.

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Yeah they never told me anything about the details of the test or let me see anything, they just said positive and wouldn't really answer my other questions. When I first went in the doctor told me it didn't look like herpatic, just a mild skin infection and only cultured it "so I could have piece of mind". You're right though, I guess the only thing I can do is wait until I can get another blood test :(

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Its really upsetting & disgusting how people in the medical field can be so unprofessional. They avoid questions that they cant answer & they only show u paper results if u ask instead of automatically giving it too u. Sometimes u tell them whats going on down there & they dont even perform a pelvic exam just to make sure. They just assume & provide medication & let u go about your life. Until your there AGAIN , describing the same feeling & telling them that it looks a bit abnormal down there 

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I went to urgent care where they did a rapid culture and told me a few days later it came up positive. 

No test is 100% accurate, but swab tests are the most accurate available because they look specifically for the virus.  A positive swab test and a negative blood test can indicate a recent infection since the blood tests look for antibodies in your blood and it can take your immune system up to 16 weeks to create them.

I would wait until the 16 week mark and retest, unless you have another outbreak that they can swab to verify.

Good luck!


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