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A man whose life fell apart after he was told he was HIV positive in a bungled medical test 17 years ago has been awarded just 5,000 GBP in compensation against health officials in Belgrade, Serbia.

Horrified Dragisa Zekic, 49, was told he had the killer virus after a routine health check in 1986 - and told judges he'd lived under a "death sentence" until medics discovered he had never had the disease.

Suspicious Zekic felt so healthy after nearly two decades with the virus that he went for a series of tests, which were all negative.

"I did not feel sick, but I was waiting to die and I was abandoned by society.

"Many people did not even want to shake hands with me", said Zekic after winning his nine year legal battle - but getting just 5,000 in compensation.

He added: "I feel very let down - my life has been ruined and that is the value they put on it."

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