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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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  • laura carroll

    People are so cruel.

  • Jamie

    Hope they like being unemployed.

  • mcorps

    Something smells. It could be a sure way to acquire a lot of money.

  • Just Flora

    FIRST OF ALL, FIRE who ever is involved – Let the patient sue the hospital violation of her privacy and then when she wins post it on FACEBOOK! How can some idiot be SO IGNORANT to do something vicious like that?

  • lugnut

    These are so called highly moral holy people, sitting in judgement of others. Idiots so filled with holiness, put their jobs on the line. They should never work in the medical field again. Maybe they will have to lay on their backs to make a living from now on.

  • Saori

    So not only can they not be decent human beings, do their jobs, or obey the law, they also cannot spell “ho” correctly. I see a few failures in the game of life in this article, the woman isn’t one of them.

  • Richard Harper

    This is one of the reasons that HIPAA exists. They are going to be very, very sorry.

  • alykatma

    Hospital will have to pay $50,000 for each HIPPA violation and up to $1.5 million. The employees will have to be fired for the hospital to save face. There are several violations, number one allowing boyfriend access to her medical records. State health department would have notified him of the STD, but of course he could be the cause of her STD.