Hospital Allegedly Posts Woman's STD Status Online
On a group called 'Team No Hoes'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 5, 2014 10:35 AM CDT
A woman alleges her diagnosis for syphilis was posted on Facebook by a hospital employee.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

(Newser) – A Cincinnati woman is suing the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after an employee allegedly posted her medical records—including her name, personal information, and diagnosis for syphilis—to a Facebook group called "Team No Hoes," WLWT reports. The lawsuit alleges that the woman's ex-boyfriend, Raphael Bradley, convinced two hospital employees to post the records. "That's a problem, and that's a problem that UC's responsible for," the woman's lawyer says.

The suit names Bradley, the hospital, an employee named Ryan Rawls, and another unnamed employee believed to be a nurse—the plaintiff says the hospital hasn't done enough to identify that second employee. The hospital sent a memo to its staff yesterday urging them not to talk about the case, and reminding them that unauthorized sharing of medical records would be "cause for immediate termination," the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Team No Hoes is a closed Facebook group with 65 members as of this writing. Its cover image is a pair of shorts bearing the phrase, "Trust No Hoe!" (Click for another unusual STD story involving crickets.)

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Jun 8, 2014 3:50 PM CDT
It's up to the local health department to do the notifications. That's their function. When STD's are reported the health department is supposed to get a list of sexual partners and contact them. They also use the list to find the person who infected that particular patient. This woman may not have known she was infected. Syphilis isn't always symptomatic, particularly in women. Heck, she could have been infected by her previous boyfriend and never known it.. Exposing the information on social media violates not just hospital policy, but state and federal law. Like this case, it also leaves the one(s) exposing the diagnosis open to lawsuits. It certainly has ended some careers, and rightfully so.
Jun 8, 2014 3:36 PM CDT
It's one thing for an individual to post anything, it's quite another for a hospital, guvment or any other public entity that conforms to HIPAA requirements. They are liable as all get out.
Jun 6, 2014 6:36 AM CDT
what about her not telling her lovers that she had STD b4 sex!! the Syphilis is a bacterial infection usually spread by sexual contact. The disease starts as a painless sore — typically on your genitals, rectum or mouth. OUCH!! she should get a COUNTER LAWSUIT for that!! period!! there ya go!!