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Insurer’s mailing to customers made HIV status visible through envelope window

Text visible through a small window on the envelopes listed some patients’ names and suggested a change in how they would fill prescriptions.

WASHINGTON — Thousands of people with HIV received mailed letters from Aetna last month that may have disclosed their HIV status on the envelope.

The letters, which Aetna said were sent to approximately 12,000 people, were meant to relay a change in pharmacy benefits. Text visible through a small window on the envelopes listed the patients’ names and suggested a change in how they would fill the

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