Woman with Syphilis Sues Hospital for Posting Her STD Results on Facebook

CINCINNATI, Ohio (KRON) — A woman who tested positive for syphilis is suing the hospital where she got the diagnosis claiming employees posted her results in a Facebook group.

The woman, whose name is not being released, says her ex-boyfriend convinced two employees of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to take pictures of her medical file and post them to a group called “Team No Hoes.”

The victim’s lawyer says comments on the public posting labeled his client as a “slut” and “hoe”.

“To have that kind of information in the public domain when it is clearly legally to be protected, that’s a problem and that’s a problem that UC’s responsible for,” attorney Mike Allen tells Cincinnati TV station WLWT.

The lawsuit names the hospital, an employee, and an unnamed nurse along with the woman’s ex-boyfriend. The Medical Center isn’t commenting on the pending litigation.

Allen says his client is mortified at the posting.

“She doesn’t want to go out,” Allen tells the TV station. “She doesn’t want to talk to people. People who were formerly her friends have made fun of her for it. She’s chastised in the community and all of this could’ve been avoided if UC Med Center had proper protections in place,” Allen said.

The suit is asking the hospital to change its privacy policy and for $25,000 in damages.

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