Transgender woman living with HIV sues Philadelphia pharmacy for breach of privacy
In the lead-up to Worlds AIDS Day on Dec 1, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit today (Nov. 25, 2019) on behalf of “Jane Doe,” a transgender woman living with HIV.
Jane takes medications to treat HIV and as part of her gender transition regime. A year ago, a SunRay Drugs pharmacy delivered her medications to her Delaware County apartment building in clearly marked bags for all her neighbors to see.
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Aetna Update: First round of settlement checks sent at the end of 2018
We are happy to report that the first round of settlement checks in the Beckett v. Aetna lawsuit were sent at the end of 2018. The next round of settlement checks will be sent at the beginning of February.
• Class members whose PHI (protected health information) was allegedly improperly transmitted by Aetna to its legal counsel without proper authorization, and who were not sent the July 2017 mailing, were sent $75 on Dec. 28, 2018.
• All class members sent the July 2017 mailing are entitled to a base payment of $642.43.
• Class members who did not submit a claim, and for whom Aetna provided a Social Security Number, were sent $642.43 on Dec. 28, 2018.
• Class members who did not submit a claim, and for whom Aetna was unable to provide a Social Security Number, were sent $500 on Dec. 28, 2018 and an additional $142.43 in January 2019.
• Class members who submitted a claim, and for whom Aetna provided a Social Security Number, were sent the full amount of their approved claim and the $642.43 base payment on Dec. 28, 2018.
• Class members who submitted a claim, but for whom Aetna was unable to provide a Social Security Number, were sent $500 and notice of the amount of their approved claim on Dec. 28, 2018. In a separate mailing, these class members received a tax form and written instructions from the Settlement Administrator. Once the tax form is returned to the Settlement Administrator, these class members will be sent their approved claim amount and the $142.43 balance of the base payment.
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All Pain, No Gain: HIV Criminalization in Pennsylvania (May 2017)
HIV Criminalization undercuts important public health initiatives by ignoring actual transmission risk, exacerbating stigma, and devaluing the importance of personal responsibility in HIV prevention. Criminalization makes it more difficult for those who have been diagnosed with HIV to disclose their HIV status to partners or to access and stay in care. In short, it’s all pain and no gain.
Click here for the report.
The AIDS Law Project has been busy protecting people living with HIV in Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Click here for some recent victories.