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    Paige Carlotti

    So I just started seeing a new primary care physician this year and my first appointment was a couple weeks ago. It was just a routine, annual physical. I really liked her! Great bedside manor, very thorough, seemed to know her stuff, and I honestly just enjoyed talking to her.

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    At one point in the check-up….she read me the wrong test results. She told me I had HPV when it’s actually not possible for me to have that since I have never been sexually active. Luckily I pushed back saying that that’s truly impossible for me, and after a little bit of back and forth, she finally realized SHE WAS LOOKING AT SOMEONE ELSE’S CHART (which I’m pretty sure is a HIPPA violation?). Doctors are humans and mistakes happen, I totally get it. I was nice at the time, but now I’m wondering if this is a red flag and I should find a new physician? My roommate is a nurse and said it might not be terrible to stay there since she would likely recommend me to a specialist if there was something really wrong with me, but still. Open to opinions!

    This is also a lesson for ladies to not be afraid to question doctors! I know they can be intimidating in their white coats and everything, but you actually know your body better than anybody. If I wouldn’t have pushed back on her mistake, I would have spiraled into utter panic because, like I said, I’ve never been sexually active. My mind immediately jumped to wondering if I’d been assaulted while drunk or something or I had suppressed some memory–it was a scary couple of minutes (which I know is nothing, but still). Don’t be afraid to question them!!!

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      MaryKate SelgrathMaryKate

      Ahh! What a scary experience – so sorry that happened to you! Personally for me, I would give it one more shot. If this was the only negative experience (although a big one) I would chalk it up to a mistake. However, I would definitely be on guard next time you visit and like you said, continue to ask questions and defend your own health.

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