Newsfeed : Tennessee Man Loses Wife, Job After False HIV-Positive Test

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

Back to home » Newsfeed » August 2012

Most Popular Links
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

15 Years Ago In POZ


More News

Click here for more news

Have news about HIV? Send press releases, news tips and other announcements to news@poz.com.


emailprint

August 1, 2012

Tennessee Man Loses Wife, Job After False HIV-Positive Test

A Tennessee man has lost his job and separated from his wife after receiving a false positive from an HIV test, reports News Channel 5. Sean Smith, a 47-year-old from Goodlettsville, said that while he tried to donate plasma at a local center, the staff ran his information through a national database and informed him he was HIV positive (and therefore unable to give blood). Smith assumed the information was correct and that it derived from a previous instance when he donated plasma. He decided to disclose his status, a move that cost him his job and marriage. Since then, Smith has tested negative for HIV and is now trying to remove the false information from the database.

To read the News Channel 5 article, click here.

Search: Tennessee, HIV, blood donation, database, job, marriage, discrimination


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 15 - 16 (of 16 total)     << < previous

Patty Puline, Erie, PA, 2012-08-02 11:13:05
As an AIDS educator and activist for eighteen years, it is a constant reminder to people that a DONATION is NOT a blood test. ALWAYS BE TESTED before you donate blood. That is the only way to know for sure if you are HIV positive. Through years of testing people, I only give results after running the test THREE times, the ELISA, the REPEAT ELISA and Western Blot confirmatory test. Makes sense to do it right the first time. They had no right to tell him he was HIV positive when no test was run.

Jerome, Houston, TX, 2012-08-02 11:00:41
This story is VERY unsatisfying. While it clearly explains why his wife left him it doesn't explain why it cost him his job. ... The story doesn't even explain what his job was, if it is legal to fire someone because of their HIV status or what the rules are that maintain an inaccurate database. Bad reporting all around.

comments 15 - 16 (of 16 total)     << < previous


[Go to top]

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

HIV 101
HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ TV
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Women
African American
Latino
Providers
Job Listings
Events Calendar


    dversescott
    Baltimore
    Maryland


    Sloan1
    Dallas
    Texas


    hollywoodvers1
    Los Angeles
    California


    jacob2608
    Panama City Beach
    Florida
Click here to join POZ Personals!
Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Poll
Do you enjoy books with HIV-positive characters?
Yes
No

Survey
Mind Matters

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.