Terrible! UAE woman wrongly diagnosed with HIV while nine months pregnant!
A false positive lead to negative effect. (Shutterstock)
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An expectant mother was wrongly diagnosed as HIV positive by a private hospital resulting in mental and emotional stress, her husband said, demanding an apology from the hospital.
Pakistani expatriate Khizra Afreen Farhad, 29, a Sharjah resident, was expecting her second child. She had registered at an Ajman hospital for delivery and was consulting with a doctor at its Sharjah branch.
In the last week of her third trimester on December 9, the doctor advised her to do some routine tests. These included blood tests to screen for infectious diseases such as Hepatitis A, B, C, HIV and HPV. The next day, at the follow-up consultation, the doctor informed her that she was HIV positive.
The test done by the hospital’s laboratory followed the ECLIA (Electro chemiluminiscence Immuno Assay) method.It indicated an HIV anti-body load of 1.26 out of two (see box).
Recalling the trauma, Afreen said: “The doctor said she would have normally informed my husband, but since he did not accompany me, she broke the news to me and then asked to speak to my husband over the phone. I broke down as this sounded like a death sentence, but she did placate me.”
Farhad Nasim, her husband a restaurant manager in Dubai, received the call at his office. He told Gulf News that he was stunned by the news.
“The doctor informed me that since my wife could not have a normal delivery and would have to go in for a C-section to avoid the baby contracting the disease. She also got my wife to sign the Ministry of Health infectious diseases notification form and sent her for a second test to the ministry laboratory, which we went for on December 16 as the next two days was a weekend.”
By Suchitra Bajpai Chaudhary