HIV positive witness learns of his status in courtroomBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7452.1334-b (Published 03 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1334
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A judge last week demanded an inquiry into how a blood sample from a witness in a criminal case was handed to defence lawyers by police and tested for HIV without his consent.
The witness learned for the first time that he had tested positive for the virus when he was questioned about it by defence counsel in a packed courtroom in Leicester.
The shocked defence …