Woman seeks lawsuit after 9 years living with HIV misdiagnosis, discrimination

By Vu Ngoc Khanh, Thanh Nien News

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Do Thi An, 39, says she has been subjected to discrimination after local health agencies listed her as a person with HIV. Photo: Vu Ngoc Khanh Do Thi An, 39, says she has been subjected to discrimination after local health agencies listed her as a person with HIV. Photo: Vu Ngoc Khanh

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A woman in the northern province of Hung Yen says she will sue a local hospital that allegedly misdiagnosed her as HIV-positive nine years ago. 
Do Thi An, 39, said relevant individuals will have to be held accountable for the malpractice that has caused her a lot of misery over the past years.
“I will sue those who were responsible for the test and who released my confidential information without my consent,” said the woman of the province’s My Hao District.
An said she was receiving treatment at the Hung Yen Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases Hospital in 2006 when, unbeknown to her, she was named in a list of locals with HIV. 
She said she began to be a victim of discrimination in her neighborhood and never knew why.
In 2007, she moved to the southern beach town of Vung Tau to work in a factory and got married.
After giving birth in 2008, she brought her husband and daughter to visit her parents in Hung Yen, where her husband started to hear rumors about her HIV status, she said.
“I only realized that people thought I had HIV after my husband hit me and forced me and my daughter out of our house,” she said.
In April 2014, she took a test and was found negative. 
“We brought the new test result to the local medical station and thought that things would end there,” she said.
However, the rumor never died down.
After she was pregnant early this year, she took another test and was still negative.
On July 20, she and her family were invited to the Hung Yen Health Department for an apology.
But An decided to file a lawsuit after nearly a decade of suffering.
Meanwhile, local official Nguyen Khac Toan said he has instructed the commune radio station to broadcast information about her status. 
“We have informed local authorities to remove her name in the list of people with HIV,” he said.

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