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Woman Gets $100,000 After Error in HIV Test

August 15, 1994

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ A state court awarded $100,000 to a woman who had a hysterectomy after a blood test falsely showed she had the AIDS virus.

Court of Claims Judge Dean Strausbaugh granted Andrea Beth Alfarano Kennedy $99,950 for the surgical procedure and emotional distress. Her daughter, Alexandria Alfarano, was given $50 for pain and suffering.

Copies of Friday’s decision were released Monday through the Ohio Supreme Court.

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where the mistake occurred, had no comment Monday because it had just been notified of the court’s ruling, spokesman Rick Smith said. Smith said he did not know whether the university will appeal.

Ms. Kennedy was a nursing assistant at the university hospital in July 1990 when she stuck herself with a used needle, which is one of the ways HIV can be transmitted.

Incorrectly told she had the virus, she decided to get a hysterectomy she previously rejected despite pelvic pain.

″After being told that she was HIV positive, the desire to remain fertile was outweighed by the fear of passing the HIV to a child yet to be conceived,″ Strausbaugh said.

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