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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.

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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.

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