‘I had never experienced such blatant HIV discrimination in my life’: Three positive men were wrongly denied plastic surgery, judge rules

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Three men living with HIV were wrongly denied breast reduction surgeries by a New York plastic surgery clinic based on their statuses, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

Mark Milano of New York and the US sued Springfield Medical Aesthetic in 2015, claiming that the facility’s policy against operating on anyone with HIV violated their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Two other men joined the suit. 

Ultimately, the court’s decision hinged instead on a federal law that requires doctors to assess the safety of a procedure based on a patient’s full medical history, including medications they are on. 

US District Judge Analisa Torres ruled that the doctors at Springfield had failed to thoroughly evaluate the medical facts in each man’s case to determine if any of them were on medications that could interfere with their surgery outcomes.  

a8c15d8977bc315e9a8db09658a7ee79 'I had never experienced such blatant HIV discrimination in my life': Three positive men were wrongly denied plastic surgery, judge rules

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