Doctor Refuses Gay Man Access to His HIV Medication During Hospital Stay
You know how missing even one dose of HIV medication can mean that a patient’s body can develop an immunity to treatment?
Simoes says Borga was unfazed when another patient told her that he had just gotten out of prison, where he served time for murder. But her reaction was allegedly different when Simoes said that he did not work because he planned to go back to school and because of his HIV status.
Borga then allegedly asked Simoes how he got HIV, to which he responded, “I got it from unprotected sex.”
The complaint then says that “Dr. Borga closed the plaintiff’s file, put it down and looked at plaintiff with disgust on her face and asked, coldly, “Is that from sex with men?”
Simoes says he responded affirmatively and that, “immediately after hearing this, Dr. Borga proceeded to exit the room.”
After this consultation, no nurse or doctor came to see Simoes, even though he told them that he needed to take his HIV medication, according to the complaint.
After three harrowing days Simoes was finally permitted to contact his regular physician and plead for his medication. Imagine his surprise to hear from his doctor that he had already instructed the hospital to provide the patient his lifesaving drugs, orders which had been ignored.
Dr. Borga went on to accuse Simoes’ primary care physician of also being gay, and defended her illegal, unethical, and immoral failure to do her goddamn job and treat the patient under her care by saying, “This is what he gets for going against God’s will,’ and hung up the phone on plaintiff’s doctor.”
Five doses on medication were ultimately missed before Simoes’ sister was permitted to give him his medication. Again, missing even just a single dose can cause those with HIV to become resistant or immune to the cocktails of prescription drugs used to keep the virus at bay.
It almost goes without saying, but Trinitas Regional Medical Center is having their asses sued off.
(via Court House News)