this story is named Janequa Doe - had gotten to the point where traditional exercising and dieting was out of the question for her. Her only hope was to get a gastric bypass surgery, and she did just that.
During her recovery, because it was noted that she had a B-12 deficiency, Doe's nutritionist told her to see Dr. Pavel Yutsis for treatments at his clinic in Sheepshead Bay. So, in the summer of 2011 Doe began to see Dr. Yutsis.
B-12 helps red blood cells to develop. And after so many B-12 treatments with Dr. Yutsis, Doe's B-12 and white blood cell levels were still low. Concerned, he suggested that she take an HIV test, but she turned it down saying that she just wanted to recover from her surgery.
On September 9, 2011, Dr. Yutsis told Doe that he needed to draw more blood for further testing. On September 22, he told her that she had HIV. On her way out, some employees were standing around her file discussing it. One of them stopped her and said that sometimes another HIV test proves the initial test to be wrong.
Not only had she been tested without her permission, others knew about it too.
Doe filed a lawsuit with the Brooklyn Supreme Court last month, citing that she was unaware that her blood was being used to conduct an HIV test. Sometimes the stress from waiting for the results from an HIV test is greater than not knowing at at. I get that. She didn't want to know. She was just concerned with being skinny. But dammit if a doctor is doing something and it's not working, and the only possible explanation is HIV, and the patient doesn't want to be tested, then I think the doctor has an ethical obligation to test regardless. That decision will ultimately save lives.
You already know that Janequa was going to jump head-first into the dating scene. Dr. Yutsis not only saved her life, but he saved other lives too. All she could think about is a lawsuit simply because she didn't want to know.