In Singapore, HIV status of over 14,000 people leaked online
In January 2019, it was discovered that the HIV-positive status of 14,200 people in Singapore, as well as their identification numbers and contact details, had been leaked online. According to a statement of the Ministry of Health, records leaked include 5,400 Singaporeans diagnosed as HIV-positive before January 2013, and 8,800 foreigners diagnosed before December 2011. Patient names, identification numbers, phone numbers, addresses, HIV test results and medical information was included in the information leaked by a former Singaporean resident.
While the law has been relaxed for tourists, HIV-positive foreigners are still barred from receiving employment visas or permanent residence status.
Author: James Griffiths