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Medical records of 1,000 people living with HIV leaked in Asia data breach

Medical records of 1,000 people living with HIV leaked in Asia data breach

Atomo HIV's self-testing kit (Photo: Atomo Diagnostics)

The personal data of more than 1,000 people living with HIV in Singapore has been leaked.

The Ministry of Health was on Monday (28 January) calling people living with HIV to inform them that their personal data had been leaked, according to local LGBTI support organization Oogachaga.

Oogachaga director Leow Yangfa said personal, identifiable data of HIV patients diagnosed since 2010 was leaked.

He told Gay Star News three gay men living with HIV in Singapore had contacted the organization about the data leak so far.

The three men were registered at two different hospitals, Tan Tock Seng and Singapore General Hospital, Yangfa said.

Singapore’s Ministry of Health declined to comment when contacted by Gay Star News, citing patient confidentiality.

Revealing personal data of people living with HIV is a criminal offense¬†under Singapore’s Infectious Disease Act.

‘Those of us who live without HIV cannot begin to imagine what it must be like and what they are going through right now’ Yangfa said.

‘This reminds us of the insufferable stigma, fear, and discrimination that continues to surround people living with HIV even in Singapore today’ he said.

He encouraged anyone affected to contact Oogachaga on their anonymous, confidential hotline.

The MOH has also set up a hotline for people who have information or concerns. The number is: +65 6325 9220.