Vietnamese man demands $35,000 compensation for wrong HIV test result

By Khanh Hoa, Thanh Nien News

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Hoang Khac Suu (L) tells the story of how he was wrongfully labeled as one with HIV. Photo: Doan Hoa/Tuoi Tre Hoang Khac Suu (L) tells the story of how he was wrongfully labeled as one with HIV. Photo: Doan Hoa/Tuoi Tre

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A man in central Vietnam has sued local health authorities for compensation worth nearly US$35,000 after they wrongfully diagnosed him with HIV.
Hoang Khac Suu, 43, has filed a lawsuit against the Nghe An Province preventive health center for VND773 million.
In it he says his blood was tested for HIV when he was serving a jail term in 2003.
The result came positive but he did not know about it until his release in 2013.
But seeing he looked healthy after all those years, some health officials suggested a fresh test.
A test in September 2014 at the Nghe An HIV/AIDS Prevention Center proved negative as did another one at a local hospital.
The health department then took his name out of the list of people with HIV in the province.
The department has offered to pay him VND2.2 million ($100) to cover the two recent tests and transportation to the medical centers.
But Suu has rejected it saying the mental agony caused by the mistake had been severe.
“The HIV positive test result caused me a lot of discrimination.”
Nguyen Xuan Hong, deputy director of the department, said it was “deeply sorry”, but at the time the entire province had only two people in charge of doing HIV tests.
“Their capability and equipment were largely limited back then.”

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