Thanks for your expertise, Terri! It makes me feel more at ease. I knew their response about being exposed but not contracting it was ridiculous from your handbook and used your pregnancy metaphor when I said that’s not what the research says. It earned me a snarky comment in my chart saying that I was going against medical advice by insisting on the western blot, despite the fact the CDC was, quite literally, my source. I will be finding a new gyno after this. I can deal with her not knowing something but for her to write me off so quickly despite the fact she clearly doesn’t know what she’s talking about (since she’s had to call the lab in an attempt to answer my legitimate questions) and to not be willing to either a) do her own research when a patient has questions about test results or b) accept the research I’ve done (I’m a librarian – I know what I’m doing when it comes to research), really convinces me she is no longer someone I want in charge of my care.
Ok. That was really just a rant. I am just horrified by how I’ve been treated throughout this whole process and the lack of knowledge and concern my gyno has shown. Shoot. She originally diagnosed me on pap smear alone! Thanks for listening. And thanks for having a website where people can get real answers to their herpes questions 🙂