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Justice Dept. Settles HIV Bias Lawsuits

July/August 2012

The Justice Department has reached two settlements resolving claims that health care providers refused to serve people with HIV in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The first complaint was filed by a man with HIV who went to the Mercy Medical Group Midtown Clinic in Sacramento and was incorrectly told by the podiatrist seeing him that surgery was not an option because of the risk of the surgeon contracting HIV from him.

The second complaint was filed by a man with HIV who went to the Knoxville Chiropractic Clinic North for chiropractic treatment following an automobile accident, where a doctor determined that he needed 24 appointments to treat his injuries. However, he was informed on his third visit that the clinic could not treat people "like him." The Justice Department determined that the Knoxville Chiropractic Centers had a blanket policy of refusing treatment to people with HIV in violation of the ADA.

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Comment by: ann (new england) Tue., Nov. 20, 2012 at 4:27 am EST
i was denied care when in pain and went to a medical center. I filed with the justice dept . it was going along and just before the 1 year cut off time they said my case could not be taken further.. was not in the ADA guidelines.
so the clinic got away with turning me away, because i told them i was hiv.
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