Lexington Man Suing, Claiming He Was Misdiagnosed With HIV

via LEX 18:
A Lexington man is suing the University of Kentucky Medical Center, the Bluegrass Care Clinic, the Fayette County Health Department and a long list of doctors who allegedly misdiagnosed him and treated him for a sexually transmitted disease he didn’t appear to have.

Bobby Russell, 43, told LEX 18 he has lived the last nine years believing he was HIV positive. During that time, he has taken powerful medications and only had intimate relationships with HIV-positive people, to avoid spreading the disease, he said.

“It’s just the most difficult thing I’ve had to deal with my entire life,” he said.

According to a lawsuit filed in Fayette County Circuit Court Friday, the appropriate confirmatory tests were never done by UK hospital or its clinics, and the routine tests performed since Russell’s initial diagnosis in 2004 have showed either negative or indeterminable results.

“I feel like I was lied to,” he said.

Russell is seeking an undetermined amount of money for what he describes as a life-altering misdiagnosis. He says the medication has taken a toll on his health, and, following his doctors’ advice, he has avoided relationships with people who do not have the disease.

He said he has had relationships with “two or three” HIV-positive partners since he was diagnosed, and he has been in a committed relationship with an HIV-positive partner for the last two years.

“It may be too late for me,” he said.

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