CVS accidentally reveals the HIV status of thousands of people

Pharmacy giant CVS is under fire for allegedly revealing the HIV status of about 4,000 Ohio residents. 

The pharmacy mistakenly sent out pharmacy benefit information letters to Ohio's AIDS Drug Assistance Program members that openly mentioned HIV. 

The Consumerist reports that CVS has discontinued the mailing campaign.

A CVS representative says that the code placed right above the customer's name and address was not meant to reveal their health status, but instead the name of the program. 

They said, “CVS Health places the highest priority on protecting the privacy of our patients and we take our responsibility to safeguard confidential patient information very seriously.”

The AIDS activists who sent in a copy of the letter to The Washington Blade suggests that customers report the breach of privacy to the program’s coordinator. 

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In this aerial photograph made using a drone, students from Indian tribal school, Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS) participate in forming a red ribbon, the symbol of HIV/AIDS, in an attempt to make a Guinness Book record on the occasion of World AIDS Day, in Bhubaneswar on December 1, 2016. World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1, every year to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic.

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Today, we honor those who are leading the fight against HIV/AIDS. Because of them, an AIDS-free generation is now within our reach.

An Indonesian woman holds a red ribbon during commemoration of World AIDS Day in Medan, Indonesia, Dec. 1, 2016.

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A participant takes part in commemoration ceremony near a monument in memory of AIDS victims in Kiev, Ukraine May 15, 2015. The event is to mark the World Memory Day of people who died of AIDS.

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A man walks on the porch of the Greek parliament building, illuminated with the image of a red ribbon to mark World AIDS Day, in Athens, Greece, December 1, 2016.

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a World AIDS Day flag raising ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 1, 2016.

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Aerial view of college students crowding together to form a shape of a red ribbon to raise awareness for the AIDS pandemic at Chemistry and Chemical Engineering college of Yangzhou University on December 1, 2016 in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province of China. About 100 college students of Yangzhou University hand out red ribbons and wear masks with red ribbons to show affection for HIV-infected people in the World AIDS Day 2016.

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A participant lays flowers as he takes part in a ceremony to mark World AIDS Day near a monument in memory of AIDS victims in Kiev, Ukraine December 1, 2016.

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Thalassaemia and Aids Prevention Society releasing fanoosh during special aids awareness drive on World Aids Day at Babughat on December 1, 2016 in Kolkata, India.

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Prince Harry and singer Rihanna get their blood samples taken for an live HIV test, in order to promote more widespread testing for the public at the 'Man Aware' event held by the Barbados National HIV/AIDS Commission on the eleventh day of an official visit on December 1, 2016 in Bridgetown, Barbados. Prince Harry's visit to The Caribbean marks the 35th Anniversary of Independence in Antigua and Barbuda and the 50th Anniversary of Independence in Barbados and Guyana.

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10,000 red balloons are released as part of awareness activities on World AIDS Day at the Institute of Infectious Diseases Emilio Ribas in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 01, 2016.

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A woman with a red ribbon symbolizing the fight against the HIV virus takes part in a ceremony to mark World AIDS Day near a monument in memory of AIDS victims in Kiev, Ukraine December 1, 2016.

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The new HIV/AIDS Memorial, designed by the French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, is unveiled on World AIDS Day in Amsterdam, on December 1, 2016. The artwork represents a Chinese abacus for counting down to 2030, the year the AIDS epidemic should end, according to the UN Millennium Development Goals.

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Aerial view of college students crowding together to form a shape of a red ribbon to raise awareness for the AIDS pandemic at Chemistry and Chemical Engineering college of Yangzhou University on December 1, 2016 in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province of China. About 100 college students of Yangzhou University hand out red ribbons and wear masks with red ribbons to show affection for HIV-infected people in the World AIDS Day 2016.

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People walk through a new memorial to honor victims of the AIDS epidemic which was dedicated on World AIDS Day on December 1, 2016 in New York City. The 18-foot-high steel sculpture and park sits across the street from the former St. Vincent's Hospital site in the Greenwich Village neighborhood, where many of the early victims of AIDS were diagnosed.

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10,000 red balloons are released as part of awareness activities on World AIDS Day at the Institute of Infectious Diseases Emilio Ribas in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 01, 2016.

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A Nepalese girl decorate her head with AIDS symbol Red Ribbon during celebration of 29th World AIDS Day in Kathmandu, Nepal on Thursday, December 1, 2016. World AIDS Day is celebrated worldwide on December 1st of every year to raise the awareness in the fight against HIV.

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A Nepalese youth shows AIDS symbol Red Ribbon on celebrates of 29th World AIDS Day in Kathmandu, Nepal on Thursday, December 1, 2016. World AIDS Day is celebrated worldwide on December 1st of every year to raise the awareness in the fight against HIV.

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