Fury at HIV data leak in conservative Singapore
Names, addresses of 14,200 people leaked
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.
Mr. 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,” said Mr. Rico, who did not want to be identified by his full name.
The 31-year-old said he was frightened that “the leaked information may change people’s perception of me”, adding that he had not told all his friends he was HIV-positive.
“Society may be tolerant to the LGBT community but I do not think they are ready to accept a gay and HIV-positive individual. Not in my lifetime,” he said.
While Singapore is modern in many ways, observers say social attitudes have not progressed at the same pace as economic development and are often conservative.