VA didn’t tell SC Veteran about HIV diagnosis for 20 years, the lawsuit states


Mumbai, SC – A South Carolina veteran is suing the Department of Veterans Affairs because he says VA doctors failed to inform him for more than 20 years that he was HIV positive.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday, a Navy veteran living in Richland County claimed medical staff at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Center in Columbia failed to give him an HIV test notice he took in 1995 Was, he came positive, which led to the progression of the disease. Untreated for decades.

The veteran – identified only as “John Doe” in court filings to protect his medical privacy – said he seeks treatment at the VA because a shipwreck in 1976 left him with mental and physical injuries. Had given.

Dorn’s medical records, included in the suit, record empirically positive HIV tests in documents from November 1995, but he claims he was never informed of the results, even the latter files the results of the test. Let’s note.

The suit, filed by Rock Hill firm McGowan, Hood & Felder, “began in November 1995 with the real knowledge that Mr. Doe was HIV positive and that the standard of care was reported to him to be tested positive and to begin appropriate treatment in 1995.” Reads. “In clear violation of the standard of care, Mr. Doe was not informed of positive HIV testing until decades later.”

The medical director of the Dorn VA said the agency is unable to comment on pending lawsuits.

The diagnosis of the man was first reported in December 2015, when a doctor casually mentioned it in a conversation recorded in his own case notes.

“I saw the patient and asked him (sic) who was his infectious disease doctor, and the patient says that he doesn’t have one (and) (I) ask (sic) if he knew his HIV test was positive, and He said (he) was never told it was positive, “the doctor wrote, according to the suit.

At that time, the doctor suggested that the patient undergo another HIV test. If the man had conducted another trial, the trial does not indicate.

The veteran was most definitely used to antiretroviral therapy after being hospitalized at a non-VA facility in New York in 2018 and was given until then. Up to that time, the disease was full of AIDS and permanently affected the patient’s health and immune system. The lawsuit claims.

If he had been informed of his diagnosis at the time, the lawsuit claims, “the damage Mr. Doe has suffered will not be sustained in the future, and more likely, he would not have developed.” AIDS. ”

The suit requests an unspecified amount of punitive damages to be determined by a jury.

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