Monday, February 27, 2012

Lawsuit over Medical Privacy Breach Regarding HIV Testing

A city employee filed suit because information about her HIV test was shared with people who were not her healthcare provider.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe in the suit, filed a lawsuit for injury to her reputation, loss of wages and the cost of therapy, emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium.

The suit states she was injured by a hypodermic needle while on the job and subsequently underwent HIV testing. Her medical information was them shared with more than 50 people the lawsuit alleges. One of those people called Jane Doe at home asking if her husband knew about the HIV test.
Inquiries into Jane Doe’s medical status continued for months .... and comments are made to Jane Doe when she is at the grocery store or leaves her house,” - Lawsuit filing.
The complaint alleges violations of state law forbidding “disclosure of identity of person investigated or requesting HIV antibody testing” and by publishing a matter concerning the private life of another when the information would be highly offensive to a reasonable person.”

Sources:
(a) Worker sues Oak Harbor over HIV test publicity - Whidbey News Times, Jan 31 2012

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