NYC hospital hit with $2.5M lawsuit after allegedly faxing man’s HIV diagnosis to his workplace

A man has filed suit against a New York City hospital he says disclosed his HIV status to his employer.

Known as “John Doe” in the court documents, the man filed a $2.5 million negligence lawsuit against Mount Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital after one of its clinics faxed his medical records to his employer’s mailroom, reports the New York Daily News.

“My most intimate and personal secrets were broadcast for anyone who happened to be walking by my office fax machine,” the employee told the New York Daily News. “For years now, I have been struggling to cope with how my life was changed by the unbelievably careless act of the people who I trusted with my care.”

The lawsuit, filed Sept. 9, reportedly claims he was being treated at the hospital’s Spencer Cox Clinic in 2014 when he asked for his records so that he could send them to another clinic — specifically instructing hospital staffers to mail the documents to a post office box.


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