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HIV discrimination claims against medical provider settled

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says it has settled discrimination claims from two HIV patients who said physicians at a Milwaukee-based medical provider refused to treat them because of their illness.

The settlement announced Friday calls for Aurora Health Care, Inc. to pay $30,000 to one of the patients, $15,000 to the other and a $15,000 civil penalty to the federal government. Aurora will also provide additional training to staff regarding anti-discrimination policies.

One of the patients said an orthopedic surgeon refused to perform a hip surgery on August 2015 because he feared HIV transmission. Another patient said a urologist declined to remove his catheter on January 2016 because he was concerned blood could be in the urine.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin filed the complaints.

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