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possible misdiagnosis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 8, 2008
  • 08:59 PM

My question is about an std, but first I want to give a little background on my situation...

My husband and I started dating in 1996 when we were in high school. We were both virgins. We were married in 2001. I have only ever had sex with him and he swears he has only ever had sex with me. I went to the doctor on July 15, 2008 to confirm that I am pregnant with our second child. On July 25 the doctor's office called me and said they performed an std test at my visit and I tested positive for chlamydia. They said that I could only get it through intercourse and that my partner needed to be tested. I was floored. I did not understand how this could be possible. After agonizing over this news for a weekend, I called the doctor and asked to be retested. They scheduled me an appointment for a retest and the second test also came back positive. My husband went to the health department and got tested and his results were negative. I am totally confused.

I guess my question is has this ever happened to anyone else or does anyone know if it is possible I could have some other infection (such as a yeast infection) that is resulting in a false positive.

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  • You either have a false positive or he has a false negative. Do you have a discharge or cramping? Be on the safe side and both of you take the meds. http://www.drspock.com/article/0,1510,8530,00.html The standard tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia are quite good, but they are not 100 percent accurate. There can be false positives, where the test shows infection when there really isn't any; or false negatives, where the test comes back negative, despite the presence of infection. This means that your practitioner must use some judgment in interpreting test results and considering treatment. For instance, if your sexual partner's test came up positive for gonorrhea and your test was negative, your practitioner may still opt to treat you, as the risk of a possible infection is so much worse than taking what might be unnecessary antibiotics.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • August 15, 2008
    • 03:52 AM
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  • I am going to agree with Monsterlove on this one. However with the fact that you have had TWO positives - the likelyhood of both being false positives go down. Your husband's testing would more likely be the false negative. Both of you need to be tested. And FYI - a yeast infection (nor any other infection) could not cause a false positive. [if you are having discharge - that might be from the chlamydia - not a yeast infection.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 23, 2008
    • 08:15 PM
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