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Can doctors test me wrong for herpes ?

So a couple months ago I got tested for genital herpes and my results came back negative. They said I didn’t have it but they kept telling me how to treat it. I’m still very confused as to why they put that I have it when all my testing,labs and my checkups came back negative?
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973741 tn?1342346373
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Not really sure.  Maybe they were just trying to increase your knowledge.  If you tested at the right time (waited long enough) or if you had an active sore that they swabbed, then your test results are probably accurate.  Is there a reason you are worried about it?
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No reason that I’m worried I was just confused on why they told me I was negative but still gave me paper work on how to manage it
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Have you had sores or blisters that you are concerned about, since you were being checked, or were they just randomly checking for herpes? If you don't have an active breakout, you can go years without a diagnosis. I knew I had herpes for years, so when I was in the office during an outbreak, I specifically asked to be checked. I've been married for many years, and my husband knows, but if you are planning to have children, your OB needs to know to be sure you don't have an outbreak during a vaginal delivery, because your newborn could also be susceptible to contracting it, even possibly in the eyes, which could blind a newborn. I'm not telling you this to scare you, but to educate you.
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A while back I had an abrasion after being fingered too roughly and they thought it was an outbreak but I’ve only ever been with one person and he’s clean so I didn’t know why they thought it was herpes. They swabbed it did blood test and then checked me again about a week or 2 later and the results came back negative and the cut they thought was an outbreak was gone so they said as long as it wasn’t still there and my results were negative that it was nothing . But they still gave me papers on how to treat it and stuff
If a person goes in to get checked specifically for something that their symptoms resemble, even if the test for it takes a few days and the doctor can't give an answer right away (because the swab goes to a lab, where it takes time for the virus to grow in a petri dish), they probably do give you documentation on the thing you are being tested for at that first visit. If I went in for a skin cancer screening and the doctor did some kind of a test where the answer would not be known for a few days, he would certainly still give me brochures and fact sheets about skin cancer. And he might do so even if he could tell at a glance that I did not have skin cancer, since he would want me to be able to tell the difference between my skin tag or whatever, and actual skin cancer, so I wouldn't be paranoid. The time to inform a patient is while she is sitting in the doctor's office paying attention, not with a follow-up phone call later. If you are saying that they gave you written information about herpes at the first visit when you initially got swabbed, it doesn't seem at all surprising or sinister to me. People don't always schedule a follow-up visit; the doctor educates you while you're there.
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