Woman loses damages claim over HIV test

Johannesburg - A woman has failed in a damages claim against the Limpopo health MEC after she said she was mistakenly told she was HIV positive, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

Nadine Geldenhuys has lost her appeal in the North Gauteng High Court after the Polokwane Magistrate's Court set aside her R100 000 damages claim.

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 the result of the second test was inconclusive and that Geldenhuys should consider herself HIV positive until she got 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.