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June 6, 2012

N.J. Man Alleges Hospital Denied Him HIV Meds

A gay, HIV-positive New Jersey man is suing Catholic teaching hospital Trinitas Regional Medical Center for allegedly denying him treatment and visitors, Courthouse News Service (CNS) reports. The man, Joao Simoes, claims that after a preliminary evaluation with a doctor, in which he disclosed he got HIV after having unprotected sex with a man, the doctor left the room and no subsequent doctors or nurses were sent in. Simoes says that his request for HIV medication was denied for three days, visitors were turned away and the doctor made disparaging remarks such as, “This is what he gets for going against God’s will.” Simoes is seeking punitive damages for discrimination. 

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