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Susan Gibson denied treatment at eating disorder clinic for being HIV positive

4:07 PM, Feb 7, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis County eating disorder treatment center will pay $140,000 to settle claims that it denied treatment of a woman because she is HIV positive.

The Justice Department announced settlement of the case on Wednesday. Former Nurse Susan Gibson filed a complaint with the Justice Department against Castlewood Treatment Center. She applied to the center in 2010 seeking treatment for anorexia but was rejected.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the clinic falsely claimed its license prohibited the facility from treating people with a blood-borne infection.

Castlewood denied discriminating, saying officials at the center though she would receive more appropriate treatment at an in-patient facility because of her HIV status.

The center will pay Gibson $115,000, and pay $25,000 to the Justice Department in civil penalties.

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