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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Victorian HIV/privacy saga continues

In further developments in the Victorian HIV saga (see "Privacy preoccupation in Victorian Health Department endangers lives), it now turns out that the Police only came to know about the extent of the problem that a number of HIV positive men were apparently under notice for possibly seeking to infect others when the Department of Health handed over records "by mistake" (see the transcript of this ABC Radio AM program), and then tried to get them back. The Department's version is that the Police grabbed the files without authorisation.

This article by Gary Hughes "Policing HIV" in The Australian summarises developments in Victoria and in another case in South Australia which has come to light.

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