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Thanks for your question.
Is the rash painful or itchy?
How does it look like?
Is it possible for you to post a picture here for better understanding?
Is it painful?
any insect bite or bed bug you think of?
this is likely hair follicle infection or folliculitis.
Shingles is another possibility
Shingles look more red though.
and more painful
the lesion can be cultured
this is to definitively rule out herpes.
Another option is to try an antibiotic course to see if the lesion resolves.
I will suggest a herpes culture --will be more accurate than the blood test since you have the rash
That is not a common ay of transmission.
And since there is no fluid this is not likely herpes.
Herpes lesions will contain some fluid.
sounds more like bacterial infection.
the lesion should have fluid for at least first 2-3 days
then they dry off.
it is not common mode of transmission.
The location is in the butt -not in the genital area
and does not fit the classical herpes lesion
they more erythematous or red and more blister like
also the spread will be wider not just one small area
This will most likely be negative
shingles will not cause HSV2 positive
IgM will be positive in ecent infection.
yes it will.
for shingles different test is used VZV antibodies
Shingles is a different virus same as chickenpox
you may get shingles but this will not cause positive HSV test
Shingles is not same as herpes simplex virus
it is not tough --likely a bacterial infection
can be a pressure rash also from pressure or scratching
shingles distant possibility
no shingles will not show up.
i will be very surprised --as they do not look like herpes at all.
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