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July 5, 2012

Wisconsin Hospital Sued Again for Improper HIV Disclosure

The University of Wisconsin Hospital has been subjected to a lawsuit after a patient's HIV-positive status was disclosed to various family members in 2010, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Not only did a hospital resident inform the man's wife and son of his test results, but other personnel also went on to disclose his status to additional family members even after agreeing to put other safeguards into place, such as a password to be used before such discussions. As a result, he was forced to reveal same-sex extramarital encounters, which he'd intended to keep secret. A similar lawsuit was filed eight months earlier by another patient whose mother was informed he had HIV; that case is currently in court-ordered mediation.

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