ever experience a mistake from an std clinic like this?

  • dominLA

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    May 24, 2013 6:12 PM GMT
    a roomie of mine is dating someone with hiv... he gets tested regularly at a very respected health organization, him and his bf play very safe... well... on a saturday he gets a registered letter. i sign for it. when he gets home he opens it up and all the blood leaves his face. he's clearly panicked. the letter is a form from the clinic... handwritten on the bottom in the "other" section is reads

    you have been tested positive for something!
    need to be treated!
    call asap for an appointment.

    1) they send this registered on a saturday when he cant contact anyone there and has to wait till monday
    2) the letter doesnt say what it is when they should know he's dating an hiv+ person since it's the clinic they both go and could cause panic
    3) turns out they tried him once earlier in the week and never left a message or tried again
    4) if my roomie does have something not hiv... it means the bf cheated on him

    so i contact a buddy who works at a different std testing facility to get some advice. he calms us down by telling us in using the word treatment, it probably means not hiv since in the world of std testing that is a term for something curable. but he was very amazed that this happened but since my roomie is dating someone with hiv we're all concerned. he said they (his organization) never just make one attempt to call and would leave a message and do their best for personal contact. so that alone is odd.

    so for the whole weekend my roomie is just trying to not be depressed. stayed at home watching movies for 2 days freaked out but quiet.

    my buddy who works for the std place contacts people at the clinic where we got the letter from and the person he contacted was also confused how this all is happening. said it made no sense.

    on monday, the clinic wouldn't tell my roomie what he tested for and just made an appointment the next day. great. another night.

    my buddy, meanwhile, got the actual medical results from the testing lab (his org and the other one uses the same testing place). he told us it's all negative. wasnt tested positive for anything but the section for throat swab was empty for some reason.

    my roomie was relieved. he remembers he was never given a throat swab even though it's mandatory at this place. and then they finally call him and tell him he was tested for throat gonorrhea... HOW? they never tested for it.

    the guy who told him that, claimed he called my roomie's number last week but someone else answered the phone and that's why they sent the letter thinking they had the wrong contact info. but that never happened since my roomie had a missed call once from them. so he was lying or confused.

    my friend finally goes in. the head counselor there was very embarrassed. apologized. turns out my friend had absolutely nothing. all that worry for nothing.
  • AMoonHawk

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    May 24, 2013 6:37 PM GMT
    You should never give them an address or a phone... They will hound you down and disregard any privacy. Always tell them you are homeless and will contact them for the results
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    May 24, 2013 8:04 PM GMT
    I smell a lawsuit in the near future.
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    May 24, 2013 8:13 PM GMT
    Aren't clinics supposed to give you the results in person anyway?

    Went in for one last year - and they just said that my results were in and that I had to come in person or them to tell me them.
  • AMoonHawk

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    May 24, 2013 9:06 PM GMT
    IceBuckets saidAren't clinics supposed to give you the results in person anyway?

    Went in for one last year - and they just said that my results were in and that I had to come in person or them to tell me them.

    They only do that if they don't find any issues.
    However, if you are infected they will track you down and everyone else that you tell them you had sex with .... we are talking CDC here .... that is their job, to track down everyone that can be passing on an infectious virus to others ....If you are infected with a transmittable disease, they regard you as a health hazard to the public
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    May 24, 2013 9:22 PM GMT
    I actually had something like this. I got home late, my cell battery had died, and when I recharged it, there was a message from my doctor, left at 9:30 in the evening, saying I should come in the next morning, he needed to talk to me about my results.
    Of course I lost my shit because what doctor calls you personally at 9:30 at night to leave a scary message like that?
    Next morning I was in his office, sitting, completely ill at ease. He comes in and says, "you tests were perfect, nothing wrong."
    I of course lost it and asked by he would call at 9:30 at night to freak me out.
    "I thought you'd like to know."
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    May 25, 2013 12:14 AM GMT
    I've had a few weird and unsatisfactory medical test encounters. One time I had a persistent infection and went in to get some antibiotics. They took some swabs and blood for tests and sent me home empty handed. The next day, there were messages on my machine: "We lost the swab, can you come back in for another?" "Oh, never mind, we found it. Everything is negative." Except I knew it wasn't negative because I did the damned swab, stain, and culture myself before I ever went in. So I did it again and printed out some micrographs of the results and took them with me. The doctor acted as if he never heard of cameras on microscopes before, but he gave me the prescription. Meanwhile, they charged me $700 for the "negative" tests. icon_mad.gif
  • Rhi_Bran

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    May 25, 2013 12:41 AM GMT
    I would actually lawsuit for mental anguish. That's not the sort of thing you fuck up and get away with with no reprimand.
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    May 25, 2013 12:50 AM GMT
    What a fucked up story! As a nurse, I'm appalled that crap like the OP's friend's situation actually occurred. Where I work, we are bound to the HIPPA laws and we take those laws seriously; especially the privacy of our patients. OP - despite the circumstances, I'm glad everyone involved in this story is safe.
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    May 25, 2013 12:52 AM GMT
    In 1981 I went to an Army hospital, because I'd been having some digestive problems. They did tests, and I was called back to see an Army doctor (with the rank of Captain like me at the time, so I wasn't intimidated by him).

    I sat down in his office, and without saying a word to me he started writing on a pad at his desk.

    "I'm writing some prescriptions for you, to make you comfortable in the time you have left," he finally said to me, still scribbling on the pad, barely looking at me.

    "Time I have left? You mean during my training here?" (Before I was scheduled to be reassigned somewhere else in 3 months)

    "No, the time you have to live. You have kidney failure, and you won't live more than 2 years."

    "What??? Are you certain?" (What a way to tell someone, right?)

    "Well, all your tests indicate early onset of renal failure. We're still waiting for one more test result, it may take another week to get it, but it'll likely confirm what we're seeing."

    "So what should I do?"

    "See me again in about 10 days, and I'll let you know the results."

    Strangely enough I didn't believe him at all, and for the next 10 days I didn't panic. And when I went back he said:

    "The last test didn't show renal failure. You're suffering from an extreme reaction to excessive caffeine. Stop drinking so much coffee, tea and cola."

    Well, you can't easily sue your doctor in the Army.

    And 13 years later I was told by the VA that I had ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), also incurable. Yet here I am, still alive, some 16 years afterwards. And I can't really sue the VA for that emotional trauma, either, though for years I thought I was doomed.

    Because they told me I wouldn't know for sure if I had ALS until the more obvious symptoms began to appear. Except they never did. So for years I just waited, wondering if I would live, or die rather unpleasantly. Thank you, VA.

    Yeah, mistakes happen. Never believe anything you are told medically, until it is checked, rechecked, and checked again. Medical results in the US are notoriously unreliable, a terrible system that you should never trust, but insist upon multiple verifications.