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HIV Misdiagnosis: Assuring the Quality of Test Kits


The deadline for submission of full manuscripts is November 11, 2016. Manuscripts should be emailed to Cheryl Johnson ( ) with the subject line “JIAS HIV MISDIAGNOSIS” and should conform to the journal style and format (see ). All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter referring to this special issue. The full manuscripts will be reviewed by the guest editors and shortlisted for the Special Issue. Authors whose manuscripts have been selected will be notified by December 9, 2016 and invited to submit full manuscripts to the Journal of the International AIDS Society by December 16, 2016. Only invited articles will be considered for the issue, although invitation to submit an article is not a guarantee of publication. All editorial decisions regarding publication in the Journal will be based on the outcome of peer review.

Bobby Russell said in an interview concerning his HIV misdiagnosis lawsuit:

HIV Misdiagnosis Lawsuit Might Lead to Future Cases in DC

Studies were eligible for inclusion if they included rates of HIV status misdiagnosis using algorithms involving at least two RDTs, reported factors related to potential misdiagnosis, or described issues related to the quality of HIV testing being implemented in programmatic settings (facility, laboratory or community-based) as well as sites reporting on results of external quality assessment schemes, such as proficiency testing. Potential causes of misdiagnosis were extracted from studies using the following categories: test kits, operator error, testing strategy or algorithm, population characteristics, and testing sites.

An HIV misdiagnosis lawsuit has come from a Lexington man who never had the virus.

The emotional turmoil of his HIV misdiagnosis has been extreme: he contemplated suicide in 2009, when things had gotten very bad for him in his personal life, but fortunately he did not follow through with suicide. The man recently confided, “I feel like I was sentenced to a crime I wasn’t guilty of. I have intentionally put distance between my family and my friends because I thought I was dying, and I didn’t want my family to see me dying. I didn’t want my nieces and nephews see me deteriorating. I thought I was dying…”

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In order to gather evidence and draw attention to this topic, the World Health Organization is overseeing a special issue on the ethical, legal, human rights and public health implications of misdiagnosis of HIV status that will be published in the Journal of the International AIDS Society in 2017. We invite authors to submit original manuscripts related to HIV misdiagnoses including epidemiology, laboratory or translational research.An HIV misdiagnosis lawsuit has resulted in a $2.5 million malpractice verdict against a Massachusetts physician. In her HIV misdiagnosis lawsuit against a doctor who treated her, Audrey Serrano said the powerful combination of drugs she took triggered a string of ailments, including depression, chronic fatigue, loss of weight and appetite, and inflammation of the intestine. Serrano received HIV treatments for almost nine years before discovering she never actually had , the virus that causes AIDS.

Serrano, 45, said she cried after hearing the verdict Wednesday in Worcester Superior Court and was gratified that the jury believed her adding that she planned on finishing school and would continue helping others. Part of her plan included finding another physician to help her with the ailments that have cropped up as a result of the

Serrano's attorney, David Angueira, said Dr. Kwan Lai, who treated Serrano at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester's HIV clinic, repeatedly failed to order definitive tests, this even after monitoring of Serrano's treatment never indicated the presence of HIV in her blood. Angueira described Lai’s treatment of Serrano as one of the clearest cases of misdiagnosis he had ever seen and believes the shoddy care was based, in part, on a presumption that people who engage in certain types of conduct are more likely than others to have HIV and AIDS. The lawsuit said she discussed the problems — including unqualified technicians and cover up of HIV misdiagnoses — with everyone from the hospital's director to state officials but nothing has been done.Even though there might be more reasons why HIV fails to be diagnosed in elderly people, the issue mainly emerges from behavior stereotypes and psychological barriers that prevail in communication between doctors and patients. The lack of relevant competence of medical specialists can also contribute to this problem. Therefore, a great deal of effort should be aimed at informing the elderly patients about the dangers of HIV as this will undoubtedly help to eliminate the consequences of HIV misdiagnosis.Please join AIDSFree for a webinar on October 13, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EDT. Anita Sands of the World Health Organization, Khumbo Ng`onaLeslie Shanks Russell Dacombe will highlight the evidence collected on HIV misdiagnosis and discuss the ethical, legal, human rights, and public health implications.

The webinar will take place on Adobe Connect. Please use this link to join the webinar: Lexington man Bobby Russell lost years of his life to a disease he never had, and so it’s not surprising that he filed the HIV misdiagnosis lawsuit.Lexington man Bobby Russell lost years of his life to a disease he never had, and so it’s not surprising that he filed the HIV misdiagnosis lawsuit.