Fort Hood Suspect Feared He Had HIV

Hasan was worried about recent test
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2009 1:37 PM CST
Fort Hood Suspect Feared He Had HIV
Medication and supplements are seen inside the apartment of Nidal Hasan, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Killeen, Texas.   (AP Photo/Jerry Larson)

Nidal Hasan took an HIV test just a week before the Fort Hood shooting spree and was worried about the results, federal investigators tell ABC. Though there’s no evidence that Hasan was HIV-positive, the drug Combivir, which is often used to treat HIV patients, was found in his apartment, as was the antibiotic clarithromycin, which is sometimes used to treat opportunistic infections in HIV patients.

Fort Hood’s medical staff note that both drugs have other applications. It’s not unusual, for example, for doctors to keep Combivir on hand in case of an accidental needle stick. Not that Hasan was any good with drugs—he nearly failed out of medical school because of his ineptitude at recommending medication. Investigators have also discovered that Hasan sent between $20,000 and $30,000 a year to various overseas Islamic “charities,” which could include extremist groups. (More Nidal Malik Hasan stories.)

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