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Man sues after living with HIV misdiagnosis for nine years

Thirty years ago, an individual diagnosed as having the human immunodeficiency virus was doomed to death. HIV is the virus which causes an individual to develop acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS. During the 1980s and 1990s, millions of people around the world contracted the deadly virus and subsequently died from complications related to AIDS.

Nine years ago, a 34-year-old man was told by his doctor that he was HIV positive. Since that time, the now 43-year-old man has been taking numerous high potentcy anti-viral drugs to keep him alive. He has also only engaged in relationships with other HIV-positive individuals. This same man, however, recently learned that the very diagnosis which changed his entire life was false.


The man recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against several doctors and the hospital where he claims he was misdiagnosed as having HIV. According to the lawsuit, the man underwent a test for sexually transmitted diseases at which time he was told he was HIV positive.

The man questioned the results of the test and another test was ordered. The results of that confirmatory test showed no presence of HIV. The man's doctor's however, never viewed the results from the confirmatory second test. In fact, it was not until several years later when the man attempted to apply for social security benefits that he learned he did not have HIV.

He recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital and several doctors who he asserts are negligent in contributing to his misdiagnosis and causing him severe mental and emotional pain and anguish.

Source:, Lexington Man Suing, Claiming He Was Misdiagnosed With HIV," Josh Kegley, Aug. 26, 2013

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