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Taiwanese Govt. Workers Breach HIV Privacy Laws

Taiwanese Govt. Workers Breach HIV Privacy Laws


An HIV/AIDS activist group has condemned Taiwanese government workers after several of them shared private information about the HIV status of citizens drafted into the military.

After government officials alerted the parents of a draftee that he was HIV-positive, his father kicked him out of the house, Chang Cheng-hsueh of Persons With HIV/AIDS Rights Advocacy Association of Taiwan told the Central News Agency. A letter containing the information about the man, who goes by the name Hsiao Pan, was accompanied by implicit instructions to keep the information confidential.

However, officials ignored the instructions and relayed the information to Hsiao Pan's father.

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