A 32-year-old female asked:
Can hsv2 outbreak look like mole/freckles? my ex had what he thought was hsv1(cold sores) but the test came back negative and hsv2 was positive.can hsv2 be oral only or does it mean he also has genital herpes?his dr said his freckles were an outbreak?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Romanoanswered
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Usually, HSV2 does not cause darken lesions, they are usually flesh colored, white, and sometimes red. They usually cause bumps.
Reviewed Oct 16, 2021
Dr. Hunter Handsfieldanswered
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Herpes never causes mole- or freckle-like skin conditions. Test result meaning depends on whether the test was for the virus itself (e.g. PCR or culture) versus blood test. Positive PCR or culture is conclusive, but oral HSV2 is uncommon. If pos HSV2 blood test, the meaning depends on strength of the positive result. Post new question about lesion location (oral, genital) and test result details.
Reviewed Oct 17, 2021
Last updated Oct 17, 2021
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