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HIV data leak: Brochez illegally disclosed list of 13 HIV-positive individuals’ details, says prisons, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The American at the centre of a recent HIV data leak illegally disclosed details of 13 HIV-positive people scheduled for a health check-up at Changi Prison Complex in 2018. The Singapore Prison Service (SPS) said in a statement on Sunday (Feb 17) that Mikhy Farrera Brochez sent an e-mail on Saturday to some government authorities and media organisations. The e-mail contained photographs of a piece of paper with a list of NRIC or FIN numbers of 13 HIV-positive individuals, including himself. They had been scheduled for a medical…

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Ex-cop with HIV had sex without telling partners about condition, Singapore News

A former policeman, who was infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), had sex with two prostitutes but did not inform the women about his condition. Instead, he sent an e-mail to the Ministry of Health (MOH) on April 4, 2017, stating he had sex with a prostitute whom he suspected of having a sexually-transmitted disease. He asked the authorities to investigate and repatriate her. He sent another e-mail four days later, revealing his HIV-positive status. He stated he was having sex with the woman when his condom broke. The…

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HIV data leak: Brochez called ‘a pathological liar’ after making wild claims, Singapore News

He used fake degrees to get teaching jobs in Singapore, cheated on blood tests to hide his HIV-positive status, and leaked the data of 14,200 people with HIV. Now Mikhy Farrera Brochez, 34, has made a slew of allegations against Singapore authorities on Facebook and in an interview with US online news site Vice. Among them: He was abused while in policy custody, then sexually assaulted in prison, where he contracted HIV and was denied HIV medication. He also claimed another man had leaked the HIV Registry data. In refuting…

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Health Minister: No cover-up on HIV registry leak, Singapore News

There has been no attempt to cover up the HIV registry leak incident, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong stressed in Parliament yesterday. Addressing concerns over the ministry’s silence given that the breach was first discovered in 2016 and resurfaced in 2018 but announced only on Jan 28 this year, Mr Gan said: “(The) Ministry of Health (MOH) made a judgement call, balancing the various considerations. “It is arguable that MOH should have made a different call. But I reject any allegation that MOH sought to cover up the incident.” Mr…

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HIV data leak: MOH aware only in 2016 that Mikhy Farrera Brochez had access to data, says Gan Kim Yong, Singapore News

While he first informed the authorities in 2012 that his partner had disclosed information about his HIV status to others and shared screenshots of this, Mikhy Farrera Brochez, the American at the centre of the leak of Singapore’s HIV Registry, was uncooperative and did not provide any evidence. The investigation hence did not make much headway, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 12). Mr Gan was responding to questions from MPs about whether the Ministry of Health (MOH) had known about Brochez’s possible access to…

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Fury and fear in Singapore after American man Mikhy Farrera Brochez spills city’s HIV secrets, Singapore News

Rico has lived with HIV for almost a decade, confiding in only a small number of people in socially conservative Singapore, fearful of the reaction. Last month, he got a phone call saying information about his condition had been published online. Rico was one of 14,200 people whose HIV status, name and address were dumped on the internet by an American man who is believed to have obtained the confidential data from his partner – a senior Singaporean doctor. “The LGBT community is angry and frustrated with the entire ordeal,”…

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Doctor in HIV data leak case to stand trial for drug-related charges in May, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A Singaporean doctor, who is alleged to be involved in the leak of HIV-positive individuals’ confidential information, will stand trial for drug-related charges on May 29. Ler Teck Siang is also facing charges under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) related to the leak of HIV information. The date for the trial involving the OSA charge has not been fixed. In addition, Ler has appealed against an earlier conviction and a sentence of two years’ jail he got last year for submitting his own blood sample in place of…

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American in HIV data leak arrested in US, Singapore News

He is due in court next month for allegedly trying to trespass into mum’s home The man wanted for leaking confidential information from the Health Ministry’s (MOH) HIV Registry is set to appear in a US court in Kentucky on Feb 18, for allegedly trying to trespass into his mother’s house. Mikhy Farrera Brochez, 34, will face a third-degree criminal trespass charge, punishable under Kentucky law by a fine of not more than US$250 (S$340). Brochez was arrested on Dec 8 last year at his mother Teresa King’s home in…

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Tangled love affair that led to HIV status leak, Singapore News

It was a love story that progressed through a series of lies to the authorities. When the lies were uncovered, and they were separated, one of them decided to make others pay for it – by revealing the identities and details of 14,200 people who had the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), like him. It was confidential data from the Ministry of Health (MOH), which had allegedly been downloaded by his partner who worked there. It is only now, months after he was deported from Singapore and separated from his partner…

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People with HIV shocked by data leak, Action for Aids says deeply troubled by case, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The revelation that the personal information of 14,200 people with HIV was leaked has stunned people living with the virus here. People like 45-year-old Mr G. Chew told The Straits Times on Monday (Jan 28) that the leak has risked both his personal and professional reputation. “My company is of course aware that I have HIV, and I am fairly open about it to well-meaning friends who ask me about my illness out of genuine concern,” said Mr Chew, an administrative officer who has been contacted by the…

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