May #35 : A Yale Tale - by Scott Hess

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Newsletters
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
Username:
Password:

Back to home » Archives » POZ Magazine issues




Table of Contents

Just His Imagination

Down On the Pharm

From Unsafe to Ill

Power Plants

Take a Letter, Shalala

Sherri on Top

Jibe Talk

AIDS and the Single Girl

Lazarus: Love Among the Ruins

Survey: A Council Resigned

Plant Primer

S.O.S.

Garden Variety

Spit Tune

Life: Good Pill Hunting

Last Laugh: Impossible Dream

What's The Point?

Read This: Heroic Measures

Number's Up

Mother's Little Helpers

A Yale Tale

The Big Sleep

Bearback

Say What

More Life: Even Tough Guys Get HIV

Tribute: My Brother, My Self

HIV Naysayers Find Their Achilles' HEAL



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


email print

May 1998

A Yale Tale

by Scott Hess

Doc-to-be sues an Ivy League for HIV

Last winter, Yale University shelled out $12.2 million for a prick. A needle prick, that is. In a case presented to a Connecticut state jury, "Jane Doe" said she was infected with HIV at Yale Med School in '88, while performing a procedure for which she was not trained or supervised. Seven weeks into her internship at Yale­New Haven Hospital, the 25-year-old doc-to-be pricked her thumb after being ordered to insert a catheter into a PWA's artery. In court testimony, a nurse recalled the moment Doe stuck it to herself: "All she said was, 'There goes my life.'" Six weeks later, the intern tested positive for HIV.

According to the AP, the Ivy Leaguer lit into Yale for a cool $21 million for future medical bills, loss of income, pain and "the loss of her ability to enjoy life and the inevitable loss of her life itself." Yale's lawyer argued that the university should not be held responsible. After a three-hour deliberation, the jurors awarded her the lower figure. Doe, now 35, said she is practicing a medical specialty different from the one she would have otherwise chosen, so as not to put patients at risk.

The CDC estimates at least 5,000 annual needlestick exposures to HIV, but has documented only one case of doc-to-patient HIV transmission over the last decade, while 52 health care workers have gotten HIV on the job.


Scroll down to comment on this story.





Name:

(will display; 2-50 characters)

Email:

(will NOT display)

City:

(will display; optional)

Comment (500 characters left):

(Note: The POZ team reviews all comments before they are posted. Please do not include either ":" or "@" in your comment. The opinions expressed by people providing comments are theirs alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart + Strong, which is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by people providing comments.)

Comments require captcha.
Please enter this number for verification:

| Posting Rules



Hide comments

Previous Comments:


  comments 1 - 3 (of 3 total)    

Tracey, RN, Annandale, VA, 2007-12-05 13:34:17
I feel the need to release the data is important as it helps providers evaluate what programs are working and what are not. I'm quite disappointed in the ability of the ASO in my community to connect with our community. MMC-NoVa sponsored a Health Fair Sat. that advertised for 6 months. THREE people came through all day. I wish to call out to the community, infected or not, to pull together and analyze the best means to directly help the cause to prevent & cure HIV.

Rayford Kytle, Washington, DC, 2007-12-04 10:32:37
We need to demand that the federal government launch a program to reduce homophobia, which fuels the epidemic, as do sexism and racism. As long as gay people are treated as second class citizens, many gay men will be ashamed of their sexual orientation , have sex in the dark with strangers,not practice safe sex and not tell their wives or girlfriends that they also have sex with men.

JIMMY MACK, SOUTHAMPTON, 2007-12-04 10:27:37
I have been living with AIDS for 20 years now and am an HIV/AIDS educator for 10 years. Hven spoken to thousands of students i know Abstince only programs DO NOT WORK! I also know that our current President is out of tought with reality and a complete and total idiot!

comments 1 - 3 (of 3 total)    

[Go to top]

Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr Instagram
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar


    guycmh328
    Columbus
    Ohio


    TanyaB
    Delray Beach
    Florida


    sefarady
    New York
    California


    RayOctober
    Richmond
    Virginia
Click here to join POZ Personals!
Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Poll
Are you a regular coffee drinker?
Yes
No

Survey
Pop Watch

more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2014 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.