A Boston, MA, district court jury awarded $18.4M to a man who charged two doctors with malpractice in failing to test him for HIV. Sean Stentiford experienced partial face paralysis and consented to the test in 2007. Neurologist Kinan Hreib canceled the test without the patient’s knowledge because he thought Stentiford had no risk of HIV. In truth, Stentiford was at high risk as a gay man and a former paramedic. Tested by a different doctor three years later, Stentiford tested positive and the virus had progressed to AIDS. He experienced brain damage and was no longer able to practice as an attorney.
HIV.gov reports that an estimated 1,122,900 adults and adolescents were living with HIV in the U.S. at the end of 2015. Of those, 15% or 1 in 7 had not received a diagnosis, so were unaware of their infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men make up more than half of the people living with HIV in the United States and experience two-thirds of all new HIV infections each year. The CDC recommends sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men test for HIV at least once a year.
Neurologists deal with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the nervous system which includes the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (nerves). In litigation against neurologists, neurology expert witnesses analyze medical records and give an unbiased report and/or testimony on whether the medical standard of care was breached.
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