Friday, December 14, 2007

Deadly (Mis)Diagnosis

After nine years Audrey Serrano is a "free" woman.
A jury has awarded her $2.5 million in damages for HIV treatment she received over those nine years--powerful drugs she was given to treat an illness she does not have.

Serrano filed suit against the doctor who treated her, following a second diagnosis that revealed no presence of HIV in her blood. The misdiagnosis was based, according to Serrano's attorney, on presumptions by her former doctor about Serrano's lifestyle that tend to be associated with patients more likely to have HIV and AIDS.

See details of what's being called an "astonishing" case in this article from the Washington Post.

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