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Shocking: Health Insurance Company Aetna leaks HIV status of thousands of customers
Health insurer Aetna might soon face law suits worth millions of dollars for accidentally revealing HIV status of thousands of customers.

The company sent out mailers but the information about ordering drugs to tackle HIV was clearly visible in it. 

The company has accepted that the mailer was sent to around 12,000 customers. The company could be sued for gross negligence for revealing private medical information. The company has offered an apology for the negligence and has claimed to ensure that such a thing never happens again but what still remains unclear is how such a gross negligence on such a massive scale happened in the first place. 

Things came to light when the company sent letters to its customers informing them about the breach of privacy and offered apologies for the same. But the Legal Action Center and the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania have taken up the case of customers and are considering legal action against the company. 

The company had sent letters to customers who are currently taking medications for HIV treatment as well as those who are taking Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a regimen that is used as preventive action against acquiring HIV.

It has been further reported that the company has also sent a second letter to the affected customers and informed them of the timeline of the privacy violation and provided information about the customer's right to file a complaint with the concerned department.

While the company's breach of privacy is unacceptable, many have hailed the company for informing its clients of the potential breach of privacy and going to the extent of informing them of their right to file a complaint, a behaviour that has been long lost in the corporate world.

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