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Rescuer to get AIDS test results

A circuit judge Tuesday ordered Bayfront Medical Center to turn over to a woman the HIV test results of a man she resuscitated after an accident.

Connie Mederos-Jacobs, 38, had asked Judge Gerard J. O'Brien to force Bayfront to give her the test results on a 19-year-old man to whom she had given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after a Jan. 30 accident.

The man had stopped breathing, and Mederos-Jacobs performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him, swallowing some of his blood.

She later became concerned that she may have been exposed to the HIV virus when hospital personnel told her the man had tested positive for hepatitis B. Hepatitis B, an inflammation of the liver, and HIV are contracted in similar ways.

The man has been unconscious since the accident and unable to give consent to release the test results. Mederos-Jacobs said she will receive the results today. She said she still must be tested for HIV.

Mederos-Jacobs said Bayfront and the man's family did not contest her petition.

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