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. See Gallery
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