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Swab test from anal bumps positive for HSV2

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I just had an STD/I blood screening and a culture swap from a couple of small ulcers near my anus. The blood tests all came back negative, but the swab was positive for HSV 2.

Is it possible the swab is a false positive? Is there anything I can do to prevent HSV from entering the blood stream?

Category: Sexually Transmitted Diseases(STD)Specialist

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Category: Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon
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Thanks for posting your query.

I can understand your concern.

Since the swab has come positive, it indicates that the ulcers near the anus are caused by hsv. The chances of it being false positive are less.

It's a viral infection of the skin, it stays dormant in the nerves , it doesn't enter the blood stream. In order to treat the infection you will need to take oral valacyclovir. That will resolve the infection of the skin. However, virus can still stay dormant in the nerves and can get reactivated in times of lowering of immunity of the individual.

I would recommend that you visit your doctor to get a prescription for valacyclovir which will heal the ulcers.

Hope I have answered your queries.

Take care

Dr. Kruti Jobanputra Banodkar
Category: Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon
Diploma in Dermatology - Royal College Of Physicians & Surgeons Of Glasgow, UK , 2010
Residency - DNB, Dermatology -  K.J Somaiya Hospital, Mumbai, 2009
Medical School & Internship - MBBS - Dr. D . Y . Patil Medical College, Mumbai, 2004
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