Former California State Contractor Sued Over Breach Of HIV Patient Privacy

In recent years, advancements in the treatment of HIV have been widely heralded as steps towards transforming the disease into just another chronic ailment that can be managed, akin to diabetes and hypertension. While the prognosis for HIV patients has improved medically, the stigma of HIV/AIDS is still a concern. HIPAA security breaches involving HIV-status make the news and remind healthcare providers that extra vigilance is required with sensitive protected health information (PHI).