Oregon Lawsuit: Patients Tested For HIV Without Consent

December 2, 2013
HIV Testing

Two Oregon residents have sued a health care provider that screened them for HIV without their permission.

The Oregonian reported the plaintiffs are asking the judge to approve the suit as a class action, to include the estimated 6,500 other people who were tested by Kaiser Permanente without permission.

Oregon law requires companies to inform patients they are about to be tested for the virus, and give them the opportunity to decline testing.

But Kaiser tested Oregon and Washington members ages 50 to 65 from April 11 to May 5, but didn’t tell them what they were up to.

The suit claims invasion of privacy, unlawful trade practices and fraud.

Kaiser tells the newspaper it regrets the miscommunication.

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  • December 3, 2013 at 8:04 am
    Normct says:
    If it is the law - so be it. Now what about the right of the rest of the people who interact personally with an HIV carrier?Guess it's ok because they refused to be tested. K... read more
  • December 2, 2013 at 4:50 pm
    Scott says:
    So.....had they been told their blood was being tested as standard protocol (like it is every time you donate blood), would it have changed their mind about having their blood... read more
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