HIV or Human Immunodeficiency Virus is usually transmitted when having unprotected sex, but it can also be passed on by an HIV-positive mother to her unborn child, by sharing injecting equipment or through body fluids such as blood. HIV is a virus which attacks the immune system, leaving sufferers vulnerable to disease and infections.
Whilst there is no cure for HIV, treatments are available to enable those diagnosed with HIV to live a healthy life. Provided you receive early diagnosis and treatment, the majority of those diagnosed with HIV won’t go on to develop AIDS, where the immune system becomes severely damaged. Failure to diagnose HIV could lead to serious consequences and even death. The only way to find out if you have HIV is with a test, which you should have as soon as you think you may be at risk. You may be given emergency post-exposure prophylaxis within three days of contact with the virus, which could stop you becoming infected.
Antiretrovirals are prescribed to those diagnosed with HIV, and these can help to slow down the damage to your immune system. Your GP should also recommend lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, eating well and exercising. Left untreated, your immune system will become severely weakened and you may develop cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.
Have you been infected with HIV?
If you think you have been infected with HIV, you put your trust in the hands of medical professionals, who should carry out a blood test and provide you with a diagnosis. Failure to diagnose HIV can lead to a delay in treatment, which could lead to the worsening of symptoms and the eventual development of AIDS, weakening your immune system and even causing death. If you feel that your GP or other medical professionals have been negligent and have failed to diagnose HIV, you could take action and make a claim for compensation.
Claiming compensation for failure to diagnose HIV
No matter how you have been affected by your GP’s failure to diagnose HIV, call Accident Advice Helpline today for a confidential, no-obligation chat with one of our experienced team on 0800 689 0500. We have been helping people just like you claim compensation for medical negligence since 2001, and we’re recommended by our patron, UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen. Because we work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, you don’t need to worry about expensive upfront legal fees; just get in touch today and we’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable.
Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown