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HIV and Privacy Act
« on: December 01, 2011, 08:45:03 PM »
Article in The Washington Post about pilot and privacy surrounding HIV status and medical records:



"...An attorney for Cooper, a pilot who is HIV-positive, conceded to the Supreme Court on Wednesday that Cooper lied on official forms from 1994 until 2005 about his medical condition and the medication he was taking..."

"...Cooper, a pilot since 1964, needed a license from the Federal Aviation Administration and an airman medical certificate to fly. His HIV was diagnosed in 1985, but he did not acknowledge the disease or the antiretroviral medications he was taking, which at the time would have disqualified him..."

"...His condition was dire enough in 1995 that he applied for and received disability benefits from the Social Security Administration..."

"...He [Cooper's attorney] said Cooper should be allowed to sue for the emotional distress he experienced from learning of the government’s actions. If not, he said, the government would be free to “silence” whistle-blowers and others by threatening to reveal private information about them..."

"...Despite the dramatic subject matter, Wednesday’s hearing before the court was a subdued affair that more resembled a law school seminar..."

« Last Edit: December 01, 2011, 08:56:30 PM by OneTampa »
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