Woman Sues Doctor for Informing Her She is HIV+
A New York woman is suing the pants off of her doctor for testing her blood for HIV against her wishes, even though she did in fact test positive.
Don’t shoot the messenger, lady!
The plaintiff, who hails from Harlem, was treated at Lifex Medical Care in Sheepshead Bay following gastric-bypass surgery she had at another facility.
A test showed her white blood cell count was low, so Yutsis suggested she get checked for HIV.
“(She) clearly stated that she did not want an HIV test,” according to the suit filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court last month.
But the doctor did the test anyway during a visit with his patient in September 2011, said the complaint.
New York law requires a patient’s permission to test for HIV. Daniel Pepitone, the lawyer of the “victim” in the suit says this case isn’t about the results, but about where and when the news was delivered to her.
To which we say, REALLY?!
This doctor just saved your life by giving you a diagnosis that you were clearly avoiding because you suspected the result (Who instructs a healthcare professional to test them for everything except the thing that is probably wrong?!), and now you’ll be able to medicate and tend to your health accordingly.
And for that you’re trying to sue him?!
In many, many places on the planet it is illegal to not disclose your HIV status to a partner before having sex. Which, HELLO, you were totally not doing, lady.
Maybe it’s just because as a gay man, we practically grow up knowing the importance of getting tested every 6 months, but I have zero tolerance for others who refrain from doing the same. It’s not just your life at stake lady, it’s everyone you’re sleeping with, and everyone they’re sleeping with, and everyone Kevin Bacon is sleeping with! Classic party game. Come on!
Ugh. But what do YOU think? Does she have a case? Or does homegirl need to drop her suit and focus on her health (and might I suggest other priorities, like behaving like a human being)?
(via NY Daily News)