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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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john, Berlin, Germany, 2012-09-23 11:48:11
Sue, sue, sue... there are precedences for false outcome. And if one loses ones partner, job, etc, it get's further than just an emotional blow, this amounts to direct threat to your most existential needs...

Tom, , 2012-09-15 12:04:46
What kind of job would he have where HIV is a problem? Oh, I dunno, healthcare, food service, most blue collar organizations, virtually any small business where they want to cut costs, virtually any office where you live and die by your reputation...pretty much eveywhere but a government/NGO/huge company. What excuse could they use? In "at will" states, it could be anything. Arbitrary "performance" issues. "Misrepresentation of timecards" from 17 months prior. "Creative differences".

Frederick Wright, Coachella Valley, 2012-09-07 19:45:05
Mr. Sex Ed you my have a point for the In Home Rapid HIV Screening Kits that are coming to the drug stores in a couple of months forsale, where people can test themselves and completly confidenal. I hope the community is talking about this new technology and prepare to show some love and compassion. I think it is going to be a great tool to bring up HIV and Honest Sexual Relationship at the diner table and in coffee shops and hope the conversation are focused on manhood with honor and intergety.

Ted, Long Beach, 2012-08-25 10:43:03
Healthy? having HIV doesn't mean you are not healthy. What does it actually mean to be healthy? Just another news story made sensational for nothing

Mr. Sex Ed, Albany, NY, 2012-08-21 10:57:42
This article caught my attention! I am concerned that even in today's world an HIV test, regardles of its outcome/result, can still lead to potential stigmitization and discrimination. To me, this would be a better angle to help promote HIV testing and address public health instead of the hype of an incomplete and probably somewhat confusing story(and reporter).

wildrat, Rotterdam, 2012-08-07 12:28:19
Don't belief he was false-positiv. Such consequences won't happen after a false positiv test. Remember the many people who died of AIDS but on their funeral it was Cancer/hartfailure.

Denise, New York, 2012-08-04 07:24:56
What kind of job did he do that his being positive would be a problem? Wonder what excuse they gave for firing him. How sad in this day and time people are still dealing with this form of extreme discrimination. Wish him all the best in getting his name and info removed.

Derrick, Los Angeles, 2012-08-02 21:14:51
There is obviously a lot more to this story than is being reported.

Don, Asheville, 2012-08-02 16:49:36
It is almost impossible to prove one gets fired because of their status. I live in an Employment at will state, this means they don't need a reason, and if you haven't recorded the conversation it's their word againt theirs.

Don, Asheville, 2012-08-02 16:45:58
I became infected on the job in 2000. It was during a code situation at the hospital I was working. I was injected with the pt's blood in the Dr's haste. I tested neg, until 3 mos later when it was pos. As a result I lost my job, and also my wife couldn't deal with it so she left me. Since I've lost 3 jobs because they somehow found out my status. I feel for this man, because I've experienced something similar. I was always under the impression there were laws, but it has to be proven.

Lucelle, , 2012-08-02 15:14:28
When will all these discrimination end? Being HIV + isn't the end of the world.Why do employers make life not worth living for HIV + employees?We are all equal before God. Afterall,there are other deadlier diseases that kills faster than AIDS.Let's make the world a better place for everyone.

Ed McConniffe, , 2012-08-02 13:09:53
Only in America can this happen. I don't mean having incorrect details on a computer data base although that's bad enough But to lose your job and partner. Stigma and discrimation runs riot in the land of the so called free. America you still have alot to learn about equality.

Matias47, Arcadia, CA, 2012-08-02 12:14:55
This is a woefully incomplete story. What was his job and was it in any way legal to fire him? Was his NAME on a database? He may have mariad grounds for a couple of lawsuits.

drew, , 2012-08-02 11:52:40
Read and watched the original local news story. The subject and the news reporter seem obsessed about getting his name off the list as if it's tantamount to being a parolee. His wife left him over the false test - no word from her. His job fired him over the false positive - no word from the employer (or lawyers, as appropriate.) They seemed to miss the real stories here but the truth seems to come through anyway.

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.

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