In a recent lawsuit filed on March 21, 2018 in an Ohio federal court, plaintiffs insinuate that CVS Health compromised their safety and health by exposing their HIV status in a letter sent out by the company last year.
CNN has reported the lawsuit against CVS and a company named Fiserv that CVS commissioned to mail out the letters. The lawsuit claims that 6,000 patients HIV status was revealed in the glassine window of the letters sent to them.
What further complicates the situation is that the 3 plaintiffs’ who are suing for a class-action suit and a jury trial attorneys state that CVS did not inform the plaintiffs of the privacy breach.
CNN reported what each unidentified plaintiff had to say about their security concerns and safety in the small Ohio towns in which they reside.
“The first plaintiff, only identified as John Doe One of Delaware County, Ohio, says he feels that CVS has essentially handed a weapon to anyone who handled the envelope, giving them the opportunity to attack his identity or cause other harm to him.”
“Another plaintiff identified as John Doe Two of Defiance County says he lives in a small town and fears the stigma stemming from the disclosure of his HIV status. He is also concerned that his friends and family run the risk of being stigmatized just by being seen with him.”
“The third plaintiff says he also lives in a small town in Gallia County, where ‘everyone knows everyone’ and has experienced ‘significant distress as a result of this disclosure.’ He is scared to leave his home and has ‘experienced complications and health issues since this disclosure, up to and including just in the past several days’.”
See what CVS Health wrote to CNN about the lawsuit at https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/01/health/cvs-lawsuit-hiv-status-customers/index.html.