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April 25, 2011

False Negative HIV Test Linked to Death of U.K. Woman

An inquest has revealed that the death in 2010 of Karen Goodridge, a 56-year-old U.K. woman, might have been prevented if she had not received a false negative on an HIV test in 2009, the Reading Post reports. As a result, hematologists at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, England, attributed Goodridge's health problems to chemotherapy performed in 2005. In the months before her death, she had been treated for a number of microbiological infections. If Goodridge had been treated with HIV medications, her death might have been prevented. Another patient who received a false negative on an HIV test the same day as Goodridge is now receiving appropriate treatment.

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