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Hawaii: HIV Case -- Medical Privacy Violator Gets One Year

June 11, 2009

On Tuesday, Circuit Judge Randal Lee sentenced a woman to one year in prison for posting online the medical records of a person with HIV/AIDS. Rhonda Wong-Fernandez, 22, was also given five years of probation and 200 hours of community service.

In passing sentence, Lee said Wong-Fernandez accessed the records while working at Straub Clinic and Hospital and passed them on to the victim's sister-in-law. Wong-Fernandez pleaded no contest to a felony charge of unauthorized computer access to confidential records.

Court testimony showed Straub officials began an investigation after the victim notified them that her records had been improperly accessed. The woman died earlier this year. Michael Green, an attorney who represents the victim's estate, said the postings, which were uploaded to a MySpace page several times from late 2007 to early 2008, were "vile, hurtful, and disgusting."

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Comment by: poz (LA, CA) Wed., Jul. 15, 2009 at 11:29 pm EDT
As LGBT hopes and rights slips away, we unfortunately will see more of this kind of hatred manifesting itself.
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