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Declared HIV Positive by Mistake, Kenyan Woman Takes Antiretrovirals for Two Years

A woman in Kenya, Ann Wambui, sued Thika hospital, who had misdiagnosed her as HIV positive during a routine exam in 2017, and asked her to take antiretrovirals for two years.

Remembering how depressed she was after she had been diagnosed with the virus for which she had been tested with her husband, Ann revealed that she almost tried to kill herself when her marriage broke down.

Speaking to NTV, she said, “I knew myself. I knew I was not sick. Everybody knows how they live, so I knew it was impossible for me to be HIV positive. “

“I remember there was a time when I was taking rat poison, mixing it with water and trying to take it,” the lady added painfully.

However, after performing another test in 2019 and finding out that she was seronegative, the Kenyan who took antiretrovirals for 2 years said she had to do the test 6 times to be sure.

When confronted with the hospital with the result of the test, Ann said that they had failed to admit that they were wrong.

“They claimed that my viral load was low and undetectable. Essentially, they did not want to admit their mistake, “Ann said.

She also testified that an employee at Thika Hospital admitted that some test kits were defective at the time of her test.


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