Boston: A federal jury has awarded USD 18.4 million ( more than Rs 125 crore) in damages to a man who said in a lawsuit that two doctors failed to test him for HIV, which allowed the virus to progress to AIDS.
The Boston Globe reports the jury ruled Monday in favour of 48-year-old Sean Stentiford in his medical malpractice lawsuit against internist Stephen Southard and neurologist Kinan Hreib.
Stentiford said he consented to an HIV test in 2007 because he was experiencing facial paralysis.
Stentiford’s lawyer says his client should have been tested because he is gay and was exposed to bodily fluids while working as a paramedic.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all patients between the ages of 13 and 64 be screened for HIV at least once. Moreover, For sexually active gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men, the agency recommends HIV testing every year.