University of Kentucky Medical Center is facing a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by a man who alleges he was misdiagnosed with the HIV virus. Bobby Russell alleges that after presenting to the University of Kentucky Emergency Room with viral-like symptoms in 2004, he was told by medical personnel that he tested positive for the HIV virus, which causes AIDS. Russell began treatment for HIV in 2004 and has said that he subsequently engaged in sexual relationships with HIV-positive partners under the belief that he too, was HIV-positive.
According to reports, Russell said he discovered that he did not have the HIV virus after being tested in 2012 at Bluegrass Care Clinic. According to Russell’s lawsuit, not a single medical provider, including named defendants Kentucky Medical Center, the Fayette County Health Department and the UK-affiliated Bluegrass Care Clinic, performed a full range test for HIV.
In their recently filed response, UK medical officials stated that Russell was properly diagnosed with the virus, using appropriate medical testing. The lawsuit states that Russell immediately began anti-retroviral treatment which has suppressed the virus. According to the response, this is why Russell’s recent HIV test came back negative, because his HIV is suppressed. As such, a UK spokesman, Jay Blanton, stated there is no reason for the suit to continue and it should be dismissed accordingly.
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