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Doctor who lied about HIV status put hundreds of patients at risk

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An HIV infected doctor who hid his condition and put hundreds of patients at risk has been given a suspended sentence.

When it emerged that Doctor Tamas Nyary was HIV positive, hospital officials were forced to contact nearly 400 of his patients and offer them a blood test.

All samples taken eventually proved negative, but his cover-up landed him in Nottingham Crown Court, where he was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years.

Nyary, 45, worked at 24 hospitals between 2010 and 2016, including Lincoln County Hospital and Nottingham University Hospitals Trust.

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The court heard the married man felt unable to reveal his homosexuality or his HIV status due to stigma and embarrassment.

The now-suspended doctor gained employment by changing the dates on his vaccination reports and using a patient's blood to pass off as his own.

He also submitted his own blood for testing under the name of another HIV infected patient, to confirm that he had the autoimmune disorder.

The laboratory picked up on inconsistencies with his samples and launched an investigation.

Two patients identified as potentially having been at risk, because Nyary operated on them, spoke of their anxiety and stress in victim impact statements.

"People have been placed in fear that, because of contact with you, they may have become infected and, no doubt, as you have over the years when you tested, waiting for their result is an agonising process.

"Because of your embarrassment and because of the much more draconian society from which you came, revealing your homosexuality and revealing even the risk that you might be HIV positive was a step that you simply could not contemplate taking.

"What has to be said on the other side, however, is that this was a course of dishonesty that went on for some years, beginning by you before you were certain you were HIV positive and continued afterwards."

– Judge Stuart Rafferty QC

Nyary, of Redcliffe Road, Mapperley Park, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to forgery and using a false instrument [regarding the vaccination report]; causing a computer to perform a function to secure unauthorised access to a programme or data twice; fraud; and twice using a false instrument.