Castlewood Eating Disorder Clinic: Sue Gibson Denied Treatment Because of HIV Status


It says in part:

There is one simple way to prevent the spread of blood-borne infections, and that is through the use of Universal Precautions, which is a practice mandated by the CDC that simply means you do not come into contact with someone else's blood-based body fluids. Saliva is safe. A condom and common sense are generally all that are needed to prevent the spread of HIV. All the fright is over; it has been over for more than a quarter of a century (since the virus was identified and its mode of transmission understood) and there is no excuse for the ignorance and hysteria to continue.

In the settlement, Castlewood denied that it had discriminated against Gibson and the executive director said "she believed that Ms. Gibson would receive more appropriate care in an in-patient facility due to her HIV." Here's the statement they've issued through their attorneys at Sitrick and Company, a firm based in Los Angeles:

Castlewood's sole intent in this matter was to assure optimal patient care. After evaluating all pertinent factors Castlewood's professional staff concluded that the prospective patient would receive more appropriate care at an in-patient facility. Castlewood has always and continues to put the interests of those seeking treatment above everything else and does not discriminate in patient care.

Castlewood's been in trouble before. At last count, three former patients are suing the clinic for implanting false memories of Satanic abuse during therapy and keeping them in treatment far longer than necessary in order to continue charging fees. Castlewood has maintained all along that these allegations are lies and "the stuff of Hollywood." This new case seems to prove at the very least that there is something amiss at the center.

Castlewood Settlement

Follow Jessica Lussenhop on Twitter at @Lussenpop. E-mail the author at Jessica.Lussenhop@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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