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What? Hospital Employees Post Patient’s STD Diagnosis on Slut-Shaming Site

Employees of an Ohio hospital posted a woman’s name and her medical records on a Facebook page in order to out her as a slut.

The woman had been diagnosed with an STD, information she hoped to keep private. Instead, employees of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center allegedly posted her information everyone on the ‘Team No Hoes’ Facebook page to see.

“She was absolutely devastated,” the woman’s attorney Mike Allen said. “That is the most private of private medical information that was posted on Facebook and went out to a group on Facebook that had a huge dissemination.”

He also said the hospital and the employees – who were very aware of privacy requirements surrounding medical information – were clearly to blame.

“To have that kind of information in the public domain when it is clearly legally to be protected, that’s a problem and that’s a problem that UC’s responsible for,” Allen said.

According to the lawsuit the woman’s diagnosis was made public after an ex-boyfriend convinced two UC employees to allow him access to her medical records. The screenshot -which had her name and diagnosis clearly visible – was then posted on Facebook.

The hospital said that they have not yet received notification of the lawsuit and could not comment on the case. However the woman at the center of the shaming said that after her medical records appeared on the internet her world has fallen apart.

“She doesn’t want to go out. She doesn’t want to talk to people. People who were formerly her friends have made fun of her for it. She’s chastised in the community and all of this could’ve been avoided if UC Med Center had proper protections in place,” her lawyer said.

He also said that his client is suing so this can never happen again. “For an employee of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to post that information on a social media device that millions of people have access to, it’s above and beyond the law,” he stressed pointing out no one should have to go through what his client did and have their medical records exposed for all to see.

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