A Lexington man thought he was HIV positive and that he would eventually die from it.
He thought that because he said doctors told him that. A decade later he now said he never had HIV at all.
According to Bobby Russell, he upended his life in order to live HIV positive. He said he avoided his family and friends, started a strict regimen of powerful medications and even planned for his own funeral.
Now, he’s said it was all for naught.
"I asked for the result of the test then and she told me that the test was positive but I began taking my medication then in December of 2004,” said Russell.
Russell’s life changed in a big way. According to him, doctors said he tested positive for the HIV virus.
"Very devastating. I knew that my life had just completely changed just instantly, my life fell apart."
You’ll understand why Russell was shocked then, nearly a decade later, to test negative on an over-the-counter oral test claiming to be 99.9% accurate, which he showed ABC 36 News.
Russell said the result prompted him to obtain his medical records from the 2004 testing at UK which Russell said he never saw but claimed go against doctors verbally telling him he was positive. The documents, provided by Russell read negative for a Western Blot test.
"I had asked all through the entire nine years under treatment and they insisted that I was HIV positive and insisted that I was depressed or in denial and I thought I was just going literally crazy."
Bobby Russell filed suit. A copy of the complaint, provided by him said in 2012, two tests were conducted. One indicated a negative result and the second resulted in a "not detected status".
Russell said in August 2012, a UK doctor named in the complaint confirmed the negative results.
This is a statement provided by the university in regards to Friday’s court date which could dismiss the case based on Statute of Limitations:
"Mr. Russell was not misdiagnosed and the University of Kentucky is confident at the end of the day we will prevail in this case."
One of Russell’s attorneys, in Washington, D.C. said the case goes much deeper than the accused misdiagnosis in 2004, considering the way Russell lived his life in the time he thought he was HIV positive.