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Herpes Misdiagnosis... what next?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 29, 2009
  • 04:17 AM

I i recently found out that i was misdiagnosed as having herpes and i wanted some peoples advice one what they thought i should do next. Its kind of a long story but here goes.

4 years ago when i was 17 i was started having some pain in/on my vagaina. I had only had sex with one guy and he was also a virgin so i did not see how it could be an STD. It got progressivly worse over a couple of days so i went to the walk in clinic (on sat.). I had a vaginal exam and the doctor took swabs and then put me on and antibiotic and valtex. he said he didnt know for sure what it was but to go to my gyn.

That monday i went to my gyn. she did an exam and set me up to get blood drawn. she said it was definitely herpes and prescribed me valtrex to clear it and then another prescription for suppression. I got my blood work and she said it came back positive for the anitbodies.

So for the next 4 years without i continued on with valtex everyday (which can be detrimental to your liver). I went though the emotional turmoil of being told i had an STD that would last the rest of my life and no matter how many people told me that "lots of people have this" it still felt ****ty to know that i did. At 17 STDs have a serious stigma attached to them. I tried to keep it a secret but my ex told another girl and alot of people in my high school found out which was also very upsetting for me. I had to go to therapy and was medicated for depression. I felt sad and bad about myself every day until about a year ago when i started to really get over it.

Well, just this past friday, 4 years after being diagnoised my gyn called me. She had done some more blood work and said my hereps anti bodies came up negative and she belived i never had herpes at all. She said because i had already been on valtrex when i saw her that monday she couldnt do cultures on the sores and therefor the only evidence she had was the blood resluts (which she said came back very low the first time and wanted a re test in 6 weeks but never told me to get it).

SO i called the walk in clinic i went to that day and spoke to the doctor who did my exam. He said that those cultures he did came back negative for herpes and positive for streptococcus (like strep throat). He never called to tell me, never had a nurse call to tell me and never sent any of the information to my GYN. I had assumed that because he didnt call and i was on the valtrex he perscibed me, plus what my gyn had told me it had to be herpes.

So now, i am happy to be healthy but FURIOUS that i went though this. I lost relationships and went though alot of emotional trauma because some doctor didnt call with test results and my gyn never had my blood retested.

So my question is what should i do now? I have spoken to a lawyer who says he dosnt think i have a great case of malpractice and that if i do want to peruse it all of my mental health records from therapy will have to come out and i dont want that. does any one have any advice on an issue like this?

I appreciate any input you may have.

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  • Hello, I was doing a diagnosis of herpes search and ran across your story. I too think I was misdiagonised aswell. I was 15 and had a boyfriend that I was sexually active with and when I had an outbreak of awful, painful sores on and in my vagina I was taken to a doctor and immediately told that I had genital herpes and given the same medication as you. Unfortunately I was living with my aunt and did not have health insurance so I wasnt able to go back for a follow up and/or hear the results of the culture. Its now over 10 years later, and I never continued the Valtrex treatment, have had a child (vaginaly) and (sorry to be so blunt) lots of "rough" sex, all without another "outbreak." I am 99% certain that I was misdiagnosed and absolutely pi**ed too because I went through all the same issues that you did. The now ex told everyone (it only makes him look bad too though because we do have a child together!) and I had to deal with all the comments, regection, even worries from gfs ("I dont think its good for you too used my chapstick, eyeliner, etc. !) Bottomline, the doctors should have better follow through with their patients! ITS BAD MEDICAL CARE AND BUSINESS PRACTICE! Maybe my cooky mother isnt so crazy afterall when she says the docs and pharmacutical companies are in cahoots to get us to take their meds for a lifetime!!!!So sorry to hear this has happend to others!!!Take Care!
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  • Be thrilled to death that you don't have it and celebrate. What I'm not quite understanding is your set of circumstances. So are you saying that you initially went to a doctor when you were 17 and because it "looked" like herpes, he put you on Valtrex? But Valtrex was like a preventative on his part...and what your issue is that he never did a follow up call to inform you the results of your blood work, which was negative. You never did a follow up call (which people need to do when they have doctors who don't call automatically or send out a letter with each blood test) So basically, no one ever did a follow call and you assumed you had it all along because of the preventative Valtrex and kept asking for new prescriptions for the stuff??? Poor kid!!! It is a known fact that there are many false negatives, but rarely false positives. I would get a copy of the first lab report if you can. If they scraped the sores originally, that is a very accurate test over the blood test. The blood can be mis-handled and leads to false negatives. By the way, men lie about their sexual status and also, he could have just been naked with a female and gotten it without having sex with skin to skin contact. If you have been getting recurring sores, that sounds like herpes, but now you are saying your real doctor says it's staph?? I would not stay on valtrex however. www.lauricidin.com can help you manage herpes, but you say you don't have it and never did.. Try www.emofree.com to manage emotions. check this out: http://www.medhelp.org/posts/STDs/Western-Blot-Test-Accuracy/show/247910I would think the fact that you have had to had counseling only strenghtens the law suit because it demonstrates damage. If you just found out, your statute of limitations begins from the time you found out. Talk with another lawyer for a second opinion but get another herpes 2 specific test to back up your claims. I would think that because you were a kid (who took you to the doctor's? They should have called--see, they were legally obgligated and had a shared responsibility to follow up unless you went on your own). Be happy with the news, but follow up and never have unprotected sex.
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  • I am 18 now, but when I was 16 in November 2007, my relationship with my boyfriend had just ended the day before my chaos started. (Let's just say I had a very rough week.) My throat became sore and I had a terrible headache and fatigue. At school while sitting, I had pain near my vagina. So i got home and looked at it. I had sores on my labia. I freaked out. I told my mom and we went to the family doctor. He used a speculum which was the most pain I have ever been in, considering I had a bunch of sores on my labia. He took some swabs. He told us that he was pretty sure it was Herpes, and prescribed Valtrex for me. Just like the original poster of this thread, I was flabbergasted and scared. How could I have herpes? I had never been sexually active at all!I went to the gynecologist for an appointment. She had just had a similar case and it turned out to be mono. I was given a blood test. Turns out, there were traces of mono in my blood. It was never herpes. The sores went away after a few days. I was veryyyyy happy.Here's where it gets bad again: Last Friday, I got the first Gardasil shot. Saturday, canker sores formed under my tongue. It is now the 6th day of these canker sores. On monday, I got a sore throat that I still have now. Yesterday, I had a terrible headache and fatigue. I also found the vaginal sores AGAIN. I go to the doctor today. I'm quite scared, because I do not know if these are all being caused by the Gardasil vaccine. I dont know if it can all just be a coincidence. If it is the mono again, at least I know it will go away soon. But if it's the Gardasil, I do not know if there will be more side effects.......
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  • Last week I went to my gynocologist because I had what I thought was a yeast infection. When I got there I had to see a different dr because mine was busy. The woman came and did an exam on me for about 2 minutes, took cultures, left the room and came back and told me I had a yeast infection AND genital herpes. She said she thought I had herpes because I had some ulcerations and she saw blisters, all of which she had seen exactly before in other cases of herpes, however, my blisters and ulcerations caused me no pain whatsoever, unlike herpes blisters and ulcers which are very painful. When I told her this was not possible because my boyfriend was a virgin when we met, she told me he must not be telling me the truth. So, she put me on Valtrex and also gave me yeast infection meds, and had me go get my blood tested. That night, I began to feel much better after taking all of my medication, however, I was in hysterics for 5 days taking the Valtrex and waiting for my results to come in about the herpes, the whole time not believing that I could have herpes, and my family agreed. Not only was a mentally unstable worrying I had herpes, but the Valtrex made me severely dizzy and nauseous, causing me to eat only 2 times in 5 days. Well, I got my results back this week, and I was 100% correct- I did NOT have herpes, both my blood test and my cultures came back as a clear cut negative. The ulcerations she saw were cuts I had inflicted upon myself from scratching myself with toilet paper because the itch of the yeast infection was soo bad, and the blisters she thought she saw were a rash I got from the yeast infection spreading to my labia because of the open wounds I had created scratching myself. In the end I was healthy and fine and I healed up very quickly because of the yeast infection treatment, so I guess you could say it was a happy ending and I wasn't hurt by the overreaction of the Dr, however, I think there is another side to my story. After everything was said and done, I had paid for a very expensive prescription of a brand name herpes treatment WITHOUT having any positive diagnosis beyond the Dr's exam. Someone made a bunch of money off of my little herpes scare and I believe firmly that this Dr was acting under the influence of drug companies to diagnose cases of herpes and to treat it with the Valtrex. I think this is a MAJOR issue and I just want to get the word out that if you are treated in a similar manner, by all means go get all the tests you need to find out if you have herpes, but beware of taking any medication if you don't believe your symptoms actually fit. There is no reason why anyone should pay $300 for a prescription for a disease they have not yet tested positively for. Although herpes can be uncomfortable, it does not actually require any medication to treat it, all Valtrex does is helps a herpes patient heal quicker than they normally would and suppresses your outbreaks. I am not saying you shouldn't take Valtrex if you have herpes, but perhaps you should beware of taking any medication before you have proof that you have the illness!
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  • I have to say that I am glad I was not the only one misdiagnosed with herpes. Back in December, my boyfriend had cheated on me and while he did, the condom accidently fell off. We broke up and then had sex again, only he did not mention that the condom fell off after the fact. So, I decided to get tested for STDs. I got the pap portion done and then my gyno told me to wait a few months to do the blood portion since nothing shows up right away. So I waited and forgot about it till my birthday. I took off work on my birthday to hang out and since I had free time, why not get it done, right? Anyways, when I got my test results back, it said that I tested positive for both herpes 1 & 2. I was devastated. Since getting last tested, I've had three sexual partners. I broke the news to all of them to try and figure out where it came from. Long story short, they all got tested for herpes and came back negative. Confused, I went back to my doctor to get retested somewhere else and lo and behold, my test came out negative. It all sounds really quick and harmless, but that whole month was quite traumatizing. I started taking Valtrex immediately to prevent spreading it to my current partner and I am convinced the pills made me gain 5-10 lbs. Not to mention, the pills also really killed my self esteem. I have always been really cautious about who I sleep with and how I treat my body...and really, I just felt compromised. It also ruined my relationships with my sexual partners. They all tried to blame each other through the whole process. I have never gone through anything so emotionally draining in my life. This was so horrible and I would never wish this kind of grief on anyone.Ladies, if you need to get tested, please avoid QUEST DIAGNOSTICS. They are the ones who misdiagnosed me...and for all I know...they may have switched my blood with someone else's and some other poor soul is walking around thinking she's clean. I tried to file a complaint and let them know about the mistake they made, but they don't take calls of the sort.
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  • I was told that I had herpes many years ago, I have never once had an outbreak I too believe that Quest Diagnotis is wrong. I believe I have to say that I am glad I was not the only one misdiagnosed with herpes. Back in December, my boyfriend had cheated on me and while he did, the condom accidently fell off. We broke up and then had sex again, only he did not mention that the condom fell off after the fact. So, I decided to get tested for STDs. I got the pap portion done and then my gyno told me to wait a few months to do the blood portion since nothing shows up right away. So I waited and forgot about it till my birthday. I took off work on my birthday to hang out and since I had free time, why not get it done, right? Anyways, when I got my test results back, it said that I tested positive for both herpes 1 & 2. I was devastated. Since getting last tested, I've had three sexual partners. I broke the news to all of them to try and figure out where it came from. Long story short, they all got tested for herpes and came back negative. Confused, I went back to my doctor to get retested somewhere else and lo and behold, my test came out negative. It all sounds really quick and harmless, but that whole month was quite traumatizing. I started taking Valtrex immediately to prevent spreading it to my current partner and I am convinced the pills made me gain 5-10 lbs. Not to mention, the pills also really killed my self esteem. I have always been really cautious about who I sleep with and how I treat my body...and really, I just felt compromised. It also ruined my relationships with my sexual partners. They all tried to blame each other through the whole process. I have never gone through anything so emotionally draining in my life. This was so horrible and I would never wish this kind of grief on anyone.Ladies, if you need to get tested, please avoid QUEST DIAGNOSTICS. They are the ones who misdiagnosed me...and for all I know...they may have switched my blood with someone else's and some other poor soul is walking around thinking she's clean. I tried to file a complaint and let them know about the mistake they made, but they don't take calls of the sort.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 20, 2009
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  • I have had a very similar experience. I have been with my partner for 3 years and neither one of us has ever had any sort of herpes symptoms. However, last November I went in for a regular pap and the doctor called me to tell me I had the herpes virus. I was absolutely devastated. So, I went back in to have more blood work done. The nurse told me that I had been exposed to the virus but they were doing more blood work to determine if I actually had it. After 2 miserable weeks, she called me back and said that my levels had remained the same and that everything was ok. She said that the doctor probably wanted me retested because my partner and I do not use protection. Also, she was a doctor I had never been to before so I am assuming that the office had different policies than my previous doctor. (The other doctor I saw had tested me many times and it always came back negative). Regardless, I was mortified and scared. Ever since then I have freaked out even if there is the slightest change in my vaginal area. And when I look up what symptoms could be online I always think it relates to what I have. Soooo, even though everything came back ok, I still get really, really scared. Its such a hard thing to deal with and doctors need to make sure they know what they are diagnosing before they scare the daylights out of you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 21, 2009
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  • I have to say that I am glad I was not the only one misdiagnosed with herpes. Back in December, my boyfriend had cheated on me and while he did, the condom accidently fell off. We broke up and then had sex again, only he did not mention that the condom fell off after the fact. So, I decided to get tested for STDs. I got the pap portion done and then my gyno told me to wait a few months to do the blood portion since nothing shows up right away. So I waited and forgot about it till my birthday. I took off work on my birthday to hang out and since I had free time, why not get it done, right? Anyways, when I got my test results back, it said that I tested positive for both herpes 1 & 2. I was devastated. Since getting last tested, I've had three sexual partners. I broke the news to all of them to try and figure out where it came from. Long story short, they all got tested for herpes and came back negative. Confused, I went back to my doctor to get retested somewhere else and lo and behold, my test came out negative. It all sounds really quick and harmless, but that whole month was quite traumatizing. I started taking Valtrex immediately to prevent spreading it to my current partner and I am convinced the pills made me gain 5-10 lbs. Not to mention, the pills also really killed my self esteem. I have always been really cautious about who I sleep with and how I treat my body...and really, I just felt compromised. It also ruined my relationships with my sexual partners. They all tried to blame each other through the whole process. I have never gone through anything so emotionally draining in my life. This was so horrible and I would never wish this kind of grief on anyone.Ladies, if you need to get tested, please avoid QUEST DIAGNOSTICS. They are the ones who misdiagnosed me...and for all I know...they may have switched my blood with someone else's and some other poor soul is walking around thinking she's clean. I tried to file a complaint and let them know about the mistake they made, but they don't take calls of the sort.I feel ya, a few months ago I had a breakout in my pubic region, like spots and sores all over, but none on my balls or penis, just around the hair. I saw an after hours physician and within 2 seconds of looking at it, she said "that's herpes," this did not seem all the possible since I'm pretty careful. I asked her if there was anything else it could be and she would not back down. I got a blood test and a weeks worth of valtrex and for a few days i was devastated. I didn't know how to tell the girl i just recently started dating that I had it. I felt no girl would look at me the same again, but mostly i was disappointed that I managed to screw up like this. Blood tests came back negative for herpes 2 but equivocal for 1, so i took a PCR test, since all these tests take time, I went to see a dermatologist cuz my breakout wasnt there and I just wanted to be sure what it was, she looks at it and says its follicalitis. What the ***l!!!! This woman made me feel like **** cuz she didnt know what she was talking about. I never had and STD to begin with, just a hair infection which is easily treated.Lesson Learned here:Don't always trust doctors, they are not always experts, tests will tell you everything, and do research on your own, thats what i did, and I found out what i had before anyone else did. I hope this helps anyone out there
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 23, 2009
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  • I to am going threw a similar situation....I have never had any problems STD'S or so on.. I am 35 years old, Female, and had very FEW Partners...VERY FEW...not that it makes a difference, only takes 1 time..anyway..I am in a relationship and plan on marrying this guy...my 2nd love of my life...I hate to put it this way, but we had ruff sex last wk.. the next day I felt a little raw and burning, Sunday it burned to pee, Monday I noticed I had a small spot near my inner private area, thats why it burned I was taking it...So I go to my doctor Tuesday morning, she walked in the office door, asked me what my symptoms was, then right away asked have you ever had Herpes...shes been my doctor 10 years, she would know! so I thought dumb question...um no! then she takes a look down there, is down there 2 seconds maybe, takes a swab, and blurts out, yep you have a case of herpes...im laying on the table thinking WTH!? She goes out the office and comes back with prescription...and tells me again you have herpes, take this medicine, and goes on the exspalin herpes to me, then says my swab results will be in next wk. sometime. Now I would like to think like every1 else, noway I could have a std, but I know anything is possibel this day in age...but at the same time, im over here devasted, depressed, feel degraded, ashamed, and just going nuts! How could my doctor tell me that in 2 seconds! shouldnt she wait for the test results? and just warn me that its a possibility, not YOU HAVE HERPES...I have been angry, sad, in disbelief, ashamed and cried, since Tuesday..and its Thanksgiving holliday so I have to wait even longer for the results! although right now im holding my head down in shame witha million questions because she told me I HAVE HERPES, NOT MIGHT, BUT HAVE! So I'm living my life saying to myself I have an std... I almost broke up with my boyfriend, but I seriously dont think he did anything to cause this, and if he did it was b4 we started dateing...and he said no matter what he is staying with me, which is a relief, but yet im freaking out! 2 seconds to diagnose me! and I have looked at a million pictures, and thats not even what my small lesion, cut, or what ever looked liked...but my doctor said it was..so...Pleaes just keep me in your thoughts that my test results come back negative, and my doctors an idiot...or I AM....Gess, this is so hard...mentally devasting to say the least...and here I preach to my teens about STDS...And now I have one? OMG! I can only pray My doctor is wrong...but you guys and girls stories show me it is possible...I CAN ONLY HOPE........
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 30, 2009
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  • Hello, everyone. I went to the dr in Sept 2009 with blisters on my mouth. She told me I had herpes oh but not to worry its not the genital kind. To me its practically the same, you still get disgustingly huge sores that can last for weeks but guess what mine were apparently obvious. I broke down in the dr office and had to be held for psychiatric evaluation because I was so upset. They sent me home with zovirax. After a week, I had no improvement. For two weeks, I had no improvement. So pleading to the dr's to give me something different because my lips were completely raw and every time I used the zovirax my lips burned like they were on fire, they gave me valtrex. After 3 weeks of sores, still no improvement. So at this time the dr said I needed to get it cultured, I went in had it cultured. Twiddling my thumbs for two weeks, I still hadn't received a call. So i decided to call. I got the dr's assistant and she said we only call patient if there results come back abnormal, that my tests were negative. So this was the end of October when I got the results. I had open sores on my mouth for 8 weeks. This leads to the next story. While still thinking I had herpes, I took my son to his dr thinking I gave him herpes because he had a blister on his lip. It turned out that it was from him sucking his thumb. Then I asked the dr to look at my daughter because what I thought was really bad cradle cap turned out to be impetigo staph infection on her scalp. So before I knew that it was something much more than cradle cap, I would kiss her head to make her feel better because All of mommy's kisses have healing powers. I transferred her staph infection to my mouth and I ended up having impetigo cold sores from it. Since I have very sensitive skin and bad eczema, I am very acceptable to getting it again, like right now as I type this. I just wish that dr could know the emotional damage and physical damage she put me through
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    • December 19, 2009
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  • I feel your pain ..i can say that until two months ago i could not only imagine what people go through ..well i had unprotected sex with boyfriend in february(only that one time) this year literally within in minutes of him leaving i bathed nearly three times my vaginal area , the next day i took birth control pill but the dryness of the vaginal area was intense so did the itching start .anyway fast forward 8 months later still itching ..the itch scratch cycle was something else..i tried steroid creams ,,antifungal creams those helped ..but then i decided to stop someone told me that they damage the skin after a while .btw i had no lesions,....no bumps lumps or otheriwse no pain either no sores ....i went to the doc to get tested just in case as she was about to take my blood sample she blurts out ..."well you know what they say you will find what you are looking for "..when i reacted with shock by telling her that she should not say such things ..she quickly replied oh i know i shouldnt .but you are being paranoid...nothing is wrong with you . at that point i was performing my annual test for herpes and hiv ..so you can imagine my horror when she said that .anyhow a week later i was in vacation and she calls my parents to ask for me ...then i called her ..she tells me i am positive for two of them ...i was like wthell ....oh she says i mean for herpes 1 and 2 the hiv tests hasnt come back as yet . anyway fast forward to me having a tantrum ..i was angry becus she was discussing it on the phone and the secretary was there ..she was calling names and stuff . then she says she spoke to a specialist and he said that if there are no symptoms then there is no need for medication ...MY QUESTION IS ...DOESNT IT FIGURE THAT NO SYMPTOMS MEAN THAT THERE IS NO DISEASE .....HMMMMM she kept telling me that nmy live isnt over that i can still have kids and that have sex normally ...i am like wth..this lady is crazy ....she hasnt even called to say the results of my hiv tests are . all i can do is pray and keep hope alive that the test was wrong and that she did some mixing up of blood samples becus at the point of labelling the sample she was using a pen ..so it is quite easy to misread a sample number ...i now see why murders happen ...so kkeep the faith ....doctors and lab techs make mistakes as well ....they do not have the final say .
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  • I i recently found out that i was misdiagnosed as having herpes and i wanted some peoples advice one what they thought i should do next. Its kind of a long story but here goes.4 years ago when i was 17 i was started having some pain in/on my vagaina. I had only had sex with one guy and he was also a virgin so i did not see how it could be an STD. It got progressivly worse over a couple of days so i went to the walk in clinic (on sat.). I had a vaginal exam and the doctor took swabs and then put me on and antibiotic and valtex. he said he didnt know for sure what it was but to go to my gyn. That monday i went to my gyn. she did an exam and set me up to get blood drawn. she said it was definitely herpes and prescribed me valtrex to clear it and then another prescription for suppression. I got my blood work and she said it came back positive for the anitbodies.So for the next 4 years without i continued on with valtex everyday (which can be detrimental to your liver). I went though the emotional turmoil of being told i had an STD that would last the rest of my life and no matter how many people told me that "lots of people have this" it still felt ****ty to know that i did. At 17 STDs have a serious stigma attached to them. I tried to keep it a secret but my ex told another girl and alot of people in my high school found out which was also very upsetting for me. I had to go to therapy and was medicated for depression. I felt sad and bad about myself every day until about a year ago when i started to really get over it. Well, just this past friday, 4 years after being diagnoised my gyn called me. She had done some more blood work and said my hereps anti bodies came up negative and she belived i never had herpes at all. She said because i had already been on valtrex when i saw her that monday she couldnt do cultures on the sores and therefor the only evidence she had was the blood resluts (which she said came back very low the first time and wanted a re test in 6 weeks but never told me to get it). SO i called the walk in clinic i went to that day and spoke to the doctor who did my exam. He said that those cultures he did came back negative for herpes and positive for streptococcus (like strep throat). He never called to tell me, never had a nurse call to tell me and never sent any of the information to my GYN. I had assumed that because he didnt call and i was on the valtrex he perscibed me, plus what my gyn had told me it had to be herpes. So now, i am happy to be healthy but FURIOUS that i went though this. I lost relationships and went though alot of emotional trauma because some doctor didnt call with test results and my gyn never had my blood retested. So my question is what should i do now? I have spoken to a lawyer who says he dosnt think i have a great case of malpractice and that if i do want to peruse it all of my mental health records from therapy will have to come out and i dont want that. does any one have any advice on an issue like this? I appreciate any input you may have.OMG!!! The same thing happened to me this week!! The clinic did an exam told me I HAD herpes, gave me valtrex, (this all happened on Monday) then Thursday I went to my doc they drew blood and the results I got today said I DID NOT have herpes. I talked to two attorneys they said nothing can be done but file a complaint with the state board. I plan on doing that as soon as possible. So many people are put on Valtrex and they didn't even need it!!!
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    • January 29, 2010
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  • okay here goes. . .i had ONE small sore on my outter vaginal area it was present for about 4 days before i went to the doctor my doctor immediately said it was herpes type 1 and prescribed me with valtrex 1000mg 8 days treatment . she also did a culture test on the sore she reassured me that i most likely got it from receiving oral sex by someone with oral herpes. about a week later i went in for a follow up where i was diagnosed with herpes type 2 and given a prescription for suppresive treatment.she then told me not to feel bad because 35% of people have this virus, how could you tell an 18 girl with her entire life ahead of her not to worry about having HERPES somethign that will be there for the rest of my life. i was so confused and hurt that i even began to think about death because i didnt know how i would be able to live with this virus. i went home and sat down and thought about everything and i feel that i was misdiagosed with herpes 2 because there was only ONE small sore and it began to heal on its own. does anyoone think that i should go to a different doctor and be tested again ? PLEASE HELP !
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2010
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  • Ok i have a situation thats kind of similar, The day after my senior prom i noticed that i was itching and hurting down by my vagina. a day or two later it was a whole diferent story. It was raw and burned everytime i touched it. this went on for a week and a half and cleared up. after that i would just be irritated sometimes down there but nothing that serious. i started college and decided to go and get tested. They told me that i had both ghonorrhea and herpes. They gave me meds but i never took them cuz i knew this had to be a mistake. I told my 2 sex partners that i had been diagnosed so they also went and got tested. They tested NEGATIVE! A month ago i went and got a pap and they never called me back, so i called last week and checked up on it myself and they said i was fine. So, me not believing that nothing was wrong i kept doing me and having sex. Now i have a boyfriend and we've been having unprotecte sex for about 6 months and he has NO signs or symptoms. What should i do??
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  • Ok i have a situation thats kind of similar, The day after my senior prom i noticed that i was itching and hurting down by my vagina. a day or two later it was a whole diferent story. It was raw and burned everytime i touched it. this went on for a week and a half and cleared up. after that i would just be irritated sometimes down there but nothing that serious. i started college and decided to go and get tested. They told me that i had both ghonorrhea and herpes. They gave me meds but i never took them cuz i knew this had to be a mistake. I told my 2 sex partners that i had been diagnosed so they also went and got tested. They tested NEGATIVE! A month ago i went and got a pap and they never called me back, so i called last week and checked up on it myself and they said i was fine. So, me not believing that nothing was wrong i kept doing me and having sex. Now i have a boyfriend and we've been having unprotecte sex for about 6 months and he has NO signs or symptoms. What should i do??what should you do? STOP being a ******s. Omg.. Do you know how lucky you are you don't have herpes? And yet you continue to have unprotected sex? I have herpes. Do you know how devistating that is? If I found out I was misdiagnosed, i would cry for days bc i would be sooo happy. Consider yourself lucky and make your man wrap it up before your asking the question what should I do now tht I have herpes? What am I going to do when I want to have a baby and have to have a c section so my child doesn't get the disease. Have fun living your life herpes free, enjoy it while u can.If it's that easy to get, imagine how easy it is to get AIDS.
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  • Someone please please give me some advice...I feel Like i'm going crazy and I just wanna disappear. Ok So here goes my story. In April I had sex with a guy I really liked. A few days later I was itching like crazy and had a weird discharged. I went to the clinic in May and the lady said It was a yeast infection but she said she would test me for STD's. 2 weeks later everything is clean but I still have the itch. Then I realized that they didn't test me for herpes so I go to planned Parent hood to get a second opinion and have a blood test done and a visual check they tell me it Bacterial Vaginosis. 2 weeks later...negative for GH. In July I have sex with the same great guy I'm falling for and 3 days later I get a high fever and it felt like razor blades where coming out of my urine (it burned like ***l) and I cried. So I take a look down there and I see 4 bumps & start flipping out. I go to the hospital 3 days later from the pain and they tell me ok you have Pelvic inflammatory disease & a bacterial infection & they put me on antibiotics. Four days I was worse still in pain so I go back to Planned Parent Hood & with one look I hear those dreadful words. Your having a herpes out break & a yeast infection. What in God's name? I guess the hospital diagnosed me wrong? I wanted to die and I wanted to kill him. I then ask her are you sure? and she sarcastically reply's if I haven't learned how to tell yet then I'm in the wrong field. She takes a look inside and says you have no sores inside of you tho but I'm sure its still herpes. I tell her I got tested not so long ago and it was negative. So she starts to look at the paper work and says no you tested positive. I was so aggravated at this point and asked her to check again and she Apologizes to me saying ok yea you were negative but i'm sure you have it now. Wth? I ask her to test me again this time she does a swab culture. Five days pass and I call them up about my results and they say negative. I start praising God that all was ok but then I get curious as to what else it could have been and I call back Asking. Then they put me on hold forever and this lady comes on saying I'm sorry this is the manager and your swab culture came back positive! My heart sank and again I ask her are you sure? Yes she replies and she said don't be surprised if you get a sore on your mouth too cuz you tested positive for that as well. I never even got tested for that! So she says ok no I'm sorry you just tested positive for GH. So I call up the guy crying my eyes out about how he has ruined my life and I'm so angry and hes just on the other lined confused and scared. He says he got tested not so long ago and everything was ok & that if he ever had something like that he would never go around spreading it. So he offers to get tested again and tells me to go to another doctor & he'll pay for it. I had given up after being told its a yeast infection, then its BV, then it Pelvic Inflammatory disease and a bacterial infection, to no its herpes and a yeast infection, negative, positive, negative, positive. I just wanna kill myself already so I told him I would wait for his results. After all if I had it he had to have it 2. So Today he calls me after he gets his results and says we'll talk later because I'm really busy but I just thought that you should know my doctor ran all kinds of tests on me and I don't have anything! What Omg! I'm stunned & confused how can this be? He even offered to fax me the results just so I could make sure. I just wanna disappear and I don't wanna see anymore stupid doctors that tell me one thing and then another. I'm so scared, I feel so alone, & I just wanna die. I don't know what to do and I just feel so grossed out in my own skin. Could it have been a false positive? Quest Diagnostics did my lab results.
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  • Ok i have a situation thats kind of similar, The day after my senior prom i noticed that i was itching and hurting down by my vagina. a day or two later it was a whole diferent story. It was raw and burned everytime i touched it. this went on for a week and a half and cleared up. after that i would just be irritated sometimes down there but nothing that serious. i started college and decided to go and get tested. They told me that i had both ghonorrhea and herpes. They gave me meds but i never took them cuz i knew this had to be a mistake. I told my 2 sex partners that i had been diagnosed so they also went and got tested. They tested NEGATIVE! A month ago i went and got a pap and they never called me back, so i called last week and checked up on it myself and they said i was fine. So, me not believing that nothing was wrong i kept doing me and having sex. Now i have a boyfriend and we've been having unprotecte sex for about 6 months and he has NO signs or symptoms. What should i do??Omg hun please get retested. Just because you have no symptoms doesn't mean you don't have it although I pray you don't. As a matter a fact about 80% of infected individuals don't experience ANY symptoms or have mild symptoms which are misdiagnosed with jock itch for example. As for your last two partners did you see their test results or did they just say they were negative? Men do lie after all. You should ask to see the results on paper and find out what types of test they had done. Herpes select with type that measures your Igg levels is the best blood test to take or so I hear. You should also talk to your current boyfriend and have him tested to & then retest again to make sure for it takes awhile for the body to build up antibodies against the virus. Having unprotected sex when you have been diagnosed with a contagious incurable disease is serious. You should be protecting your partner.
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    • August 13, 2010
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  • I had a similar scary moment in life. I was misdiagnosed with that crap. I knew I didnt have it, but the doctor took one look at the soars and just said then and there, "That's Herpes." From that point forward, she wouldnt hardly listen to what I was trying to tell her that I thought it could be. I had shaved my hair down there and I was in a hurry so I didnt sterilize correctly. Subsequently when I had sex with my boyfriend, my skin was infected even more. Once the hair started growing back the next day or so, a bacterial infection was evident. So me and my boyfriend went to the doctor. She did a swab test, blood test, and visual. While I waited for the swab and blood results to come back, she put me on valtrex which didnt help at all. I felt no difference. About a week later we went back for our results and they were both NEGATIVE!!!! I knew it I told her. She said, yea it looks like it was a bacterial infection. THATS what I was trying to tell her in the first place! From that point forward, I've been extra careful with razors and sex.
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    • October 4, 2010
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  • 1) Stop having unprotected sex. It is dangerous, and no matter what is actually was...YOU HAVE GOTTEN AN STD!!! Use a condom EVERY SINGLE TIME!!2) It's not misdiagnosis to protect you from the worst possible scenario. This is a serious public health issue. STD are spreading like wild fire. Better to over call than under call.3) Keep in mind that Chicken Pox is a type of Herpes. Why does it matter? When was your last Chicken pox breakout--20 years ago? You still have chicken pox. You can have and spread Herpes without ever having an outbreak because herpes viruses hide in the nerves. Also there are many types of herpes. Ask about the type. 4) They are called STDs, but that is just the common route of spread. 5) If you think you have been misdiagnosed, Ask to be retested.6) Some docs aren't cost sensitive like one would hope. Ask if any meds are necessary, curative vs. control, and if there is a less expensive version. Your pharmacist is can help with this also. (they aren't a PharmD, pharmacy doc, for nothing.) Good luck! And treat yourself better. That is the best answer.
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    • October 21, 2010
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  • Ok. well here's my deal. About a year ago i went into the doctors because i had a rash and some bumps on my penis, he couldn't do a culture because at no point of having these bump did they ever open up. So he put me on a anti viral medication for a little over a week and ran blood work and did a swab and tested for everything because i wanted to rule anything out. The test results came back negative and i was ecstatic. From that point on i have been 100% sexually inactive because it that whole situation scared the ***l out of me. Well about a week ago, i got the same weird bumps again, no pain, no itching, I have no other physical aliments, there not opening up into sores or anything so he can't do a culture and he says it kinda looks like herpes, but not a 100%. I am still currently waiting for the test results, i called but haven't gotten a response yet. I'm kinda freaking out.
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    • November 11, 2010
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