A Harlem woman is suing a Brooklyn doctor after he allegedly told her she was HIV-positive, the New York Daily News reports.
The woman was receiving treatment for vitamin B12 deficiencies when she got the shocking news. The doctor, Dr. Pavel Yutsis (pictured above), allegedly delivered the news without the counseling and support she needed–and required by law.
“When he told me I was positive and threw the papers at me, I just went numb,” the woman recalled. “I was no good.”
New York law requires that HIV tests can only be performed after patients receive an explanation and give their consent. Those who test positive must be referred to counseling.
“It’s not about not wanting the results, it’s about her being able to make the decision of where and when she wanted the results,” said Daniel Pepitone, the woman’s lawyer.