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Dislike: Cincinnati woman says hospital employees shared her STD status on Facebook


A Cincinnati woman says that employees at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center shared private medical records on Facebook, alerting everyone on the "Team No Hoes" page that she had been diagnosed with syphilis.

The anonymous woman's attorney, Mike Allen, told WTWL News that she is suing UC Medical Center, two employees, and her ex-boyfriend, who they say convinced the employees to release the medical records, violating state and federal laws. "She's absolutely devastated," Allen said. "This is the most private of private medical information that was posted on Facebook, and went out to a group on Facebook that had a huge dissemination."

The fine, upstanding community members at the "Team No Hoes" page used the post to call the woman a "hoe" and a "slut" in the comments section. Allen says that his client doesn't want to go out or talk to people, and has lost several friends because of the incident. "This could have been avoided if UC Medical Center had proper protections," he said. The woman is seeking more than $25,000 in damages, and is asking that the hospital look at procedures so this never happens again. UC Medical Center said it is investigating the claim. Watch the WTWL report below. --Catherine Garcia