No damages for woman who claims she was mistakenly told she had HIV

2014-08-12 10:11

A woman has failed in a damages claim against the Limpopo health MEC.

Nadine Geldenhuys, who said she was mistakenly told that she was HIV positive, has lost her appeal in the North Gauteng High Court after the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court set aside her R100 000 damages claim, Beeld reported today.

Geldenhuys claimed that she was told by a matron in a provincial hospital in Polokwane in February 2002 that she had tested positive after two HIV tests had been done on her.

But the matron denied this in court, saying she only told Geldenhuys that the result of the second test was inconclusive and that Geldenhuys should consider herself HIV positive until she received a final result.

Judge Neil Tuchten said the matron was an experienced HIV counsellor and there was no reason why she would not have followed the correct procedure in this matter.

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