In August one morning I woke up with a patch of small blisters on the right side of my stomach. Thinking it was some sort of insect bite, I ignored the lesions and they healed within a couple weeks. A few weeks later I was at my doctor for something else, and she saw the patch and identified it as a localized patch of shingles.
In Early September I was diagnosed with HSV 1. This came as a HUGE surprise to me. I have been dating my boyfriend for over a year, and he is the only person I've ever been with. He had been tested before we were sexually involved. The doctor said I likely contracted the disease through oral sex, but my boyfriend has not had a cold sore on his mouth since he was 5 years old.
It's been four months since my herpes diagnosis. I have come to accept it and am now emotionally fine. I have a constant wonder, though, that the virus was misdiagnosed. I spoke with a dermatologist who told me that genital shingles does exist. The outbreak was only on the right side of my genital area (the left was PERFECTLY normal) - shingles only appears on one side of the body. I have experienced no recurrences since the initial outbreak. I have read that culture tests could show positive for HSV1 or 2 when really what is present is the zoster virus, shingles. Any information would be greatly appreciated.