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A POZ Family Album

POZ 5TH Anniversary Issue: Year One

POZ 5TH Anniversary Issue: Year Two

POZ 5TH Anniversary Issue: Year Three

POZ 5TH Anniversary Issue: Year Four

POZ 5TH Anniversary Issue: Year Five

POZ 5TH Anniversary Issue: Profiles

The Way We Live Now

The Way We Live Now: Andrew Sullivan

The Way We Live Now: Jocelyn Elders

The Way We Live Now: Mary Lucey

The Way We Live Now: Rafael Campo

The Way We Live Now: Mathilde Krim

The Way We Live Now: Mario Cooper

The Way We Live Now: Richard Goldstein

The Way We Live Now: Phill Wilson

The Way We Live Now: Michael Saag

The Way We Live Now: David Ho

The Way We Live Now: Jon Kaiser

The Way We Live Now: Sarah Schulman

The Way We Live Now: Judy Greenspan

The Way We Live Now: Eric Rofes & Dan Savage

The Way We Live Now: Kaiya Montaocean

The Way We Live Now: Ashok Row Kavi

The Way We Live Now: Pat Califia

The Way We Live Now: Asia Russell & Julie Davids

The Way We Live Now: Dennis DeLeon

The Way We Live Now: Jason Farrell

The Way We Live Now: Pernessa Seele

Honeymoon to HAARTache

Monkey Business


When Plagues Return

To the Editor

School Ties

The Bottom Line

Up Close & Personal

Say What

Two Peas in a POZ

In Cold Blood


Rubber Poll

Poster of the Month

Success Has Made a Failure of Us

POZarazzi: The Bod Squad

Saint Sorge


Anecdotal Antidotes

Get Over It

Rubdown Lowdown

The Berlin Stories

T-20, Coming to a Combo Near You

Pill Drill

Suck in Your Gut

Put the Gart Before the Course

Where to Find It

The Skinny on Lipo


The Road to Wellville


Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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May 1999


Misdiagnosed men sue

If you were misdiagnosed as HIV positive, what would you do—jump for joy or sue? Two clinically misunderstood men have chosen the latter.

Mark Savage, 43 and from Ohio, lived with HIV for six years. He took AZT daily and accepted side effects like depression as par for the course—until 1996, when a doctor, intrigued by his lack of HIV-related symptoms, rediagnosed him as HIV-free. Now, Savage is suing David Blatt, the Chicago MD who delivered the diagnosis in 1990, allegedly without doing an HIV test. Savage’s suit seeks $50,000, mainly, said his lawyer, “for the pain of believing he was going to die of AIDS.”

North of the border, Ronald W., 45, also suffered from what docs diagnosed as AIDS—but turned out to be emphysema. In 1994, when the Quebecker, a smoker, saw a doc about his cough, he was told he had HIV. For three years specialists blamed his lung and skin problems on the virus. One even discouraged him from giving up the stick, telling him to enjoy the time he had left. In 1997, a doctor noticed that W.’s “HIV” hadn’t progressed. A second blood test came out negative. W. sued three of the MDs and hung a $102,000 price tag on his mental anguish.

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