Lawsuit: Patients tested for HIV without consent

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two Oregon residents have sued a health care provider that screened them for HIV without their permission.

The Oregonian reports ( ) the plaintiffs are asking the judge to approve the suit as a class action, to include the estimated 6,500 other people who were tested by Kaiser Permanente without permission.

Oregon law requires companies to inform patients they are about to be tested for the virus, and give them the opportunity to decline testing.

But Kaiser tested Oregon and Washington members ages 50 to 65 from April 11 to May 5, but didn’t tell them what they were up to.

The suit claims invasion of privacy, unlawful trade practices and fraud.

Kaiser tells the newspaper it regrets the miscommunication. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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