The prevalence of HIV-AIDS has reduced significantly, thanks to the massive sensitization on all fronts. The stigma associated with people living with the deadly disease has also reduced but the war has not been completely won. Thus to be an HIV patient can one of the most agonising moments in one’s life.
This explains why a Thai woman is completely distraught she was wrongly diagnosed as HIV-positive as a child. The woman is now suing the Thai Ministry of Public Health for an alleged ruined childhood. Suthida Sangsumart, who was diagnosed with AIDS when she was 8 years old by a doctor from the Suvarnabhumi Hospital in Roi Et province after her father passed away from the same disease, is suing the Suvarnabhumi Hospital because as it turns out — she’s not HIV positive.
Earlier this week, Suthida and her lawyer Songkran Achariyasab allowed members of the media to watch her latest blood test at the Thai Red Cross Society’s Anonymous Clinic.
She said; I started taking the medicine on HIV disease since then. I had to move to Samut Prakarn province after people in my hometown disliked me because of my father’s cause of death and the doctor’s diagnosis that I had Aids,”
‘I cried alone every night at home. No money could repay what I lost and I would like to tell the doctor.’