False Positive HSV-2 from Past Shingles Outbreak

lola_odin Community Member December 21, 2007
  • I have recently tested positive for HSV-2 and negative for HSV-1.

    This was very surprising to me because my previous partner has tested negative for both, as has my current partner. 

    When I was 12 I had a shingles (herpes zoster) outbreak.

    Is there a possibility my positive result for HSV-2 may have been caused by my previous shingles outbreak?

    Many thanks.  

16 Comments
  • Herpes+
    Feb. 04, 2014

    This is the most idiodic thread I've ever read about herpes and it should be removed as it is so full of disinformation and denial. Here are some things to think about:

    1. Most people with HSV-2 are asymptomatic

    2. Did you ever stop to think that perhaps you contracted it from someone who was asymptomatic?

    3. Did you ever stop to think that you can spread HSV-2...

    RHMLucky777

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    This is the most idiodic thread I've ever read about herpes and it should be removed as it is so full of disinformation and denial. Here are some things to think about:

    1. Most people with HSV-2 are asymptomatic

    2. Did you ever stop to think that perhaps you contracted it from someone who was asymptomatic?

    3. Did you ever stop to think that you can spread HSV-2 even if you are asymptomatic?

    4. Telling yourself you can't have it since "you only had sex once" is just denial

    5. Telling yourself you can't have it since your partner doesn't have symptoms is also denial

    6. Whoever said you aren't contagious if you aren't having an outbreak is just plain wrong!

    This information is freely available, read up. Knowing the facts should not make you worry more, it should help you to deal with living with HSV. I'm positive for both HSV-2 and Herpes Zoster, and life goes on just fine, as it does for most people with these viruses.

     

  • crazy depressed
    Oct. 27, 2013

    I had mrsa. 2 yrs ago and a test came back positive I was told it was because of mrsa and the yeast infection from all the antibiotics from the cyst I was having drained and cut out for a week. Now I was told I have herpes. Is it from mrsa? I'm devistated right now. Don't have any symtoms. Not been with many guys in my life. Going crazy, depressed can't stop...

    RHMLucky777

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    I had mrsa. 2 yrs ago and a test came back positive I was told it was because of mrsa and the yeast infection from all the antibiotics from the cyst I was having drained and cut out for a week. Now I was told I have herpes. Is it from mrsa? I'm devistated right now. Don't have any symtoms. Not been with many guys in my life. Going crazy, depressed can't stop crying. I feel like my life has ended

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Oct. 25, 2013

    I have tested positve for herpies after having oral sex with a man that was just getting over an out break of shingles. I dont know what to think, i am waiting to see if i have another outbreak so i can get re tested. He does not have herpies and i have never had shingles and i have never had an outbreak before. I an going crazy.

  • HSV Georgia
    Feb. 15, 2013
    I have read all these comments on false positives from having the Shingles. First lets start off by saying you should get a blood test to see what type you do have. Second, I walked around for 5 years not knowing I had it either. I got a blood test and didn't get all delusional about the results. The CDC has been doing this for years, it is unlikely the results...
    RHMLucky777
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    I have read all these comments on false positives from having the Shingles. First lets start off by saying you should get a blood test to see what type you do have. Second, I walked around for 5 years not knowing I had it either. I got a blood test and didn't get all delusional about the results. The CDC has been doing this for years, it is unlikely the results are wrong. People walk around thinking it is a yeast infection, or they chaffed it some how, yet it is the gift that keeps on giving. I had to tell a doctor once that was HSV2 and he didn't believe me. So People if you think you have it you need to go to a doctor who specializes in STDs not just ant old doctor. People who claim to have the Shingles over and over again more than likely have HSV 1 or 2. The odds of someone having the shingles more than once is very low. Doctors know so little about herpes, if you truly want to know more on the subject, join you local support group chapter. They are all over the US. But for God sake get the blood test and the knowledge about it. It is ignorance that has this STD spreading more than any other. And yes, it is going to be ok. The first year is the worse, when you know more about it and can openly tell someone you have it, you will find it is not the end of the world.
    • Anonymous
      Jackie
      Nov. 27, 2013

      I agree that alot of people are mis-diagnosed.  But there are a lot of people getting lumped into one group that don't necessarily belong there.  

       

      I get a blister on my back whenever I'm sick or stressed- 1-3 times a year.  I have been getting this blister for 20+ years.  It looks like shingles, its a blister, bursts, itches.  Goes...

      RHMLucky777

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      I agree that alot of people are mis-diagnosed.  But there are a lot of people getting lumped into one group that don't necessarily belong there.  

       

      I get a blister on my back whenever I'm sick or stressed- 1-3 times a year.  I have been getting this blister for 20+ years.  It looks like shingles, its a blister, bursts, itches.  Goes away within a week or so.  I tested positive for HSV1 and HSV2. For years, it never occured to me that it could be contagious, so I didn't treat it as so.  I lived and slept with my boyfriend for 5 years, countless people have been exposed to this blister and no one else has ever developed blisters on their back or anywhere else.  Not many people have recurrent shingles, I don't know if thats what it is, but it does not seem to be transmittable.  It's not in a sexual place.  I'm not considering it a STD.

       

      Yes I know that if it were transmittable, I could have transmitted it to someone who would then be a carrier but not show symptoms.  But after several long relationships, plus the people that I'm around and could have come in contact casually, someone would have showed symptoms.  Not everyone would have been a carrier.  

       

      If your doctor doesn't seem to know what is going on, find a doctor that does.

      If you get a positive test and it doesn't make sense, or you think it could be from shingles, press on.

  • Karma
    Nov. 05, 2011

    I went to the doctor's office a few weeks ago to have blood drawn for a varicella (chicken pox) titer.  The following Monday I go in to pick up a copy of the lab results and the nurse tells me the NP wants to talk to me.  My first thought was, well this is weird and my second thought was oh no, I've never had chicken pox?!  So...

    RHMLucky777

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    I went to the doctor's office a few weeks ago to have blood drawn for a varicella (chicken pox) titer.  The following Monday I go in to pick up a copy of the lab results and the nurse tells me the NP wants to talk to me.  My first thought was, well this is weird and my second thought was oh no, I've never had chicken pox?!  So the nurse takes me to the NPs office and she bluntly says, do you know you have herpes?  I was dumbfounded at first and then explained my blood was drawn for the varicella titer--not herpes.  She goes on to report that, for whatever reason, an STD panel was ran and I showed that I have antibodies for HSV2.  I explained to her, I've been in a 10 year committed relationship, I have never experienced any signs or symptoms to make me think for one second I had herpes, and that there must be some mistake because why would an STD panel be ran in the first place--surely my name or blood was mixed up with someone elses.  She quickly disregarded what I was saying and went into the whole lecture of 1 out of 5 people have it and don't know it, most don't have symptoms until yeeears later and blah blah blah.  To make a long story short, they did end up drawing my blood again due to something not looking right in their lab book (of course they f'd up, afterall I had been tested for something I wasn't even suppose to be tested for).  So I wait another week and then the office calls and tells me the lab is back...with the same results...positive for HSV2 antibodies.  Now while I was almost 100% sure I didn't have Herpes, the days waiting were very excruciating.  I began racking my mind about past sexual experiences, if I had noticed any discomfort and came up with absoutely nothing.  Had a very candid conversation with my boyfriend about the subject and he too has noticed NOTHING!  And then it hit me.  I had Shingles--back in 2005.  My boyfriend had gotten into a horrible automobile accident, hospitalized for quite some time; and so of course he couldn't work.  Which then got me stressing about the whole financial situation because I was responsible for the both of us on my measly wages.  I was worried about this other company suing met, etc.  I was under huge amounts of stress!  So, until I have a noticeable outbreak that tells me, hey you have herpes, I'm just going to believe it was the Shingles that caused the results!

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Mar. 02, 2011

    I have been in the same relationship for more than 15 years and got married in 2007.  I just recently tested positive for HSV-2 in 2008. I was devastated.  I blamed my husband at first.  He went and got tested and he was negative.  Then I remembered having the shingles in my mid 20s.  I am 41 years old now.  Since shingles is herpes...

    RHMLucky777

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    I have been in the same relationship for more than 15 years and got married in 2007.  I just recently tested positive for HSV-2 in 2008. I was devastated.  I blamed my husband at first.  He went and got tested and he was negative.  Then I remembered having the shingles in my mid 20s.  I am 41 years old now.  Since shingles is herpes I think there must be a connection.  I am glad to hear I am not the only one that feels that same about this.

    • Liz
      Liz
      May. 10, 2011

      Very happy to hear that we are all in the same boat; its scary to be alone in this! I have had shingles on and off for ten years. Never tested postive for H2 until this year.  I actually had an outbreak of shingles during my annual PAP and blood work so the H2 levels came up extremely high yet I had no break out in my genitals or other common areas. ...

      RHMLucky777

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      Very happy to hear that we are all in the same boat; its scary to be alone in this! I have had shingles on and off for ten years. Never tested postive for H2 until this year.  I actually had an outbreak of shingles during my annual PAP and blood work so the H2 levels came up extremely high yet I had no break out in my genitals or other common areas.  My nurse practicioner agrees that they MUST be related so ladies rest assure we are fine!!! 

  • Anonymous
    jaqueline lallier
    Mar. 26, 2008

    Oddly enough, I am in the EXACT same boat!!  I was about the same age as you when I got a fairly painful case of shingles and recently tested exactly the same as you.  My husband and I lost our virginity to each other and had only had a few partners before that and didn't even have full on sex... so we're not sure where or how this came about....

    RHMLucky777

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    Oddly enough, I am in the EXACT same boat!!  I was about the same age as you when I got a fairly painful case of shingles and recently tested exactly the same as you.  My husband and I lost our virginity to each other and had only had a few partners before that and didn't even have full on sex... so we're not sure where or how this came about.

     

    Does anyone have any insight into the original question? Curious minds want to know. Thanks.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jul. 23, 2008

      ME TOO.  i've just been tested and had a positive HSV 2 (10.12) where as the HSV I/II combined was "questionable".

      i've had face sores HSV 1 and i had shingles when my dad died at age 23 (i'm no 52).

      so, i'm depressed and going crazy.  i've been with one guy 10 years now.  no protection, and i don't know if he's ever cheated (like my x did).

      ...
      RHMLucky777
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      ME TOO.  i've just been tested and had a positive HSV 2 (10.12) where as the HSV I/II combined was "questionable".

      i've had face sores HSV 1 and i had shingles when my dad died at age 23 (i'm no 52).

      so, i'm depressed and going crazy.  i've been with one guy 10 years now.  no protection, and i don't know if he's ever cheated (like my x did).

      this at least puts my mind to rest somewhat.

      i asked my (now x) boyfriend about it and he said he's never had any breakout.

      I have never either had a breakout (down there).

      signed,

      scared and worried.

    • Anonymous
      anonymous
      May. 20, 2009

      I wish someone would have responded to your question. I recently had a workup for all STDs at my yearly gyn. appointment for no other reason than to get rid of any doubt I had for having uprotected sex a few times in college with a boyfriend. Now several years later and married the results showed that I was positive for HSV-2 antibodies. I have never had any...

      RHMLucky777

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      I wish someone would have responded to your question. I recently had a workup for all STDs at my yearly gyn. appointment for no other reason than to get rid of any doubt I had for having uprotected sex a few times in college with a boyfriend. Now several years later and married the results showed that I was positive for HSV-2 antibodies. I have never had any signs or symptoms of this and neither has my husband. I have had only four sex partners including my husband and the other guys were either virgins or we used protection. The only guy I was slightly worried about was the one I mentioned above in college. All of the other STD results were negative except the HSV-2 and I am not convinced. I have read many people do not experience symptoms or breakouts. However, I would have been exposed eight years ago and have been with my husband seven year, so you would think one of us would have symptoms especially since I didn't know I possibly had it. I had chicken pox when I was a child and shingles during my junior year of college from being so stressed out and worn down. If you can have outbreaks from stress and being worn out, wouldn't one think I would have had an outbreak when I had the shingles? Also, I read having had mononucleosis can cause false results, which I also had as a teenager. My doctor said chicken pox and shingles are different forms of herpes and should not cause make a difference. However, I have read it depends on the test. My doctor was really great about it and said not to worry as 50% of Americans have it and if I have not had symptoms and outbreaks I probably never will. I am worryer so that has not helped and I just cannot believe I have it. I asked my husband to be tested. If his results are negative I will definately get retested and possibly pay the money for the Western blot test which I have read is the best. I thought getting an STD test for everything would put my mind at ease now I am freaking out more and so ashmed of this possible result.  

    • Anonymous
      Millie
      May. 21, 2009

      May 21, 2009...

      Dear "freaked out".   It's me again, the lady from months ago with a positive result.

       

      I have read other people in "our" situation, that one couple were both virgins, yet the wife had HSV 2. 

      I want to express my feelings regarding this because the Medical field is not going to go to more extreem tests, basically not worth...

      RHMLucky777

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      May 21, 2009...

      Dear "freaked out".   It's me again, the lady from months ago with a positive result.

       

      I have read other people in "our" situation, that one couple were both virgins, yet the wife had HSV 2. 

      I want to express my feelings regarding this because the Medical field is not going to go to more extreem tests, basically not worth the money to them (to put our minds at ease).  I called a "testing" clinic and talked to the guy who give the results out to people affected with it.  and what he said to me and I NOW BELIEVE is that when you have shingles, then it's "lumped in" as HSV2.  it's called "sacral" herpes becuase when you have "singles" it is located in the spin and it comes out on a test as a STD disease.  I do not believe you have the typical Std disease, nor do I.  I DO have HSV 2, but it's caused from shingles when i was 23 years old (after my Dad died) from stress.  Now, mind you your doctor and my doctor will say "Yes you do have a STD", DON'T BELIEVE THEM.  they know know whats in the medical text book.

      and trust me IF THEY HAD the disease themselves they'd do a lot more investigating.

       

      in the end "WE" have Singles...and coming from a blood test is "lumped" in the the other sexually transmitted diseases.

      I was devistated myself when i found out.  but I do not believe it's sexual anymore...it's SHINGLES!  look it up on the internet...look up back shingles.

      i hope i helped.

      PPSS I never had any outbreaks either.  and i have had several partners when i was younger and NO one has had any outbreaks or been diagnosed with it.  YOu'd think someone would get it.

      don't let this get to you.  Trust me I was where you were last year!!!!

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      May. 22, 2009

      Thanks for writing back. I am feeling much less worried.  Since I got the news last week I have been continually thinking about it and crying on and off, even at work. It has been hard trying to not make my crying at work obvious. All I keep thinking is can I really have HSV-2? I keep trying to think of possible symptoms I may have missed or who possibly...

      RHMLucky777

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      Thanks for writing back. I am feeling much less worried.  Since I got the news last week I have been continually thinking about it and crying on and off, even at work. It has been hard trying to not make my crying at work obvious. All I keep thinking is can I really have HSV-2? I keep trying to think of possible symptoms I may have missed or who possibly gave it to me. I really have not had that much risky sexual behavior as I mentioned before, so it seems rather unlikely to get it from someone who would have not been symptomatic for one-two times having intercourse or oral sex. Maybe if it had been continual interaction for months. I mean people with active symptoms avoid having sex during outbreaks and can mostly keep their partner from getting it. Health care providers need to get better testing to lessen possible false results that can really mess with people's minds. I totally agree, someone would have had it by now and I am guessing someone would have told me or told someone else who then would have told me. For now I am feeling better about it all and trying to not worry over this long weekend off. My husband said he will get tested and then I still plan to get retested if he is negative b/c in 7 years he would have definately got it with me not knowing about the possibility of it. I think the Western Blot test would then be worth my peace of mind. I requested my test results from the doctor to do some more research, which by the way they rarely give out unless asked by the patient. My husband says he believes I don't have it either, but if I did he doesn't really care. He is definately a keeper! Thanks again. I second that we can blame our results on the shingles.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Oct. 23, 2009

      You can be positive for herpes 2 and never have an outbreak. I was in line with tons of girls having babies that had their first outbreak, due to the change in our bodys. I already knew that about 50 precent of the population is positive because of father being a doctor. He believed everyone gets exposed to herpes no matter what. I knew what I had when...

      RHMLucky777

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      You can be positive for herpes 2 and never have an outbreak. I was in line with tons of girls having babies that had their first outbreak, due to the change in our bodys. I already knew that about 50 precent of the population is positive because of father being a doctor. He believed everyone gets exposed to herpes no matter what. I knew what I had when it was only a tiny place at the top of the pubic hair line. AND I knew that the only time it was a danger was for delivering a baby. So I went straight to the doctor. My imune system is so good that the very small place was gone in 3 days.  

    • Anonymous
      Brii0920
      Jul. 10, 2010

      This is the only peace of mind I have received since I found out too( two weeks ago).. I am in mental turmoil over it. I think of nothing else.. And I asked the doc about the shingles and if it could be messing with accurate results because I have now had the shingles 3 times in my life( I am barely 21). I was so distraught when she told me over the phone that...

      RHMLucky777

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      This is the only peace of mind I have received since I found out too( two weeks ago).. I am in mental turmoil over it. I think of nothing else.. And I asked the doc about the shingles and if it could be messing with accurate results because I have now had the shingles 3 times in my life( I am barely 21). I was so distraught when she told me over the phone that I only vaguely remember what she said..( something about no .. but then she went on to tell me I shoudnt/ dont need to tell my partner because I have never had an ob or symptoms.. I am so confused) But it is nice to hear some hopeful news.. I am thinking about getting retested but wonder how much good it would actually do. People without HSV2 seem to tell us .. " its really quite common- it really isnt a big deal." But yes, it is. Emotionally, and physically.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Dec. 22, 2009

      is it possible to test positive and not be a carrier which i understand is needed to transmit the virus??