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Lawyers: Ohio patients’ HIV status revealed by Aetna

A health insurer is notifying patients, including some in Ohio, about a breach that revealed the HIV status of patients in several states.

Two legal organizations, Legal Action Center and the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, said Aetna revealed the HIV status of patients by mailing information on buying HIV prescriptions in envelopes with large, clear windows that showed the contents.

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The groups sent Aetna a cease-and-desist letter to have the insurer show that corrective action is being taken, according to the Associated Press.

The Associated Press reported that Aetna says that “this type of mistake is unacceptable” and that the company is reviewing processes to ensure it never happens again.

Besides Ohio, patients were also in Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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