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Veteran: Therapy Wrongly Denied Because She Is HIV-positive

Members of U.S. Army Eagle Company 2-2 Cavalry Regiment patrol in the Hadar neighborhood March 10, 2008, in Baghdad, Iraq.
Members of U.S. Army Eagle Company 2-2 Cavalry Regiment patrol in the Hadar neighborhood March 10, 2008, in Baghdad, Iraq.

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- An Iraq War veteran claims in a federal lawsuit that she was unlawfully denied aquatic therapy at an orthopedic hospital in Pennsylvania because she has the virus that causes AIDS.

The lawsuit against OSS Health in York Township seeks a declaratory judgment stating that the alleged denial constitutes discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The plaintiff is a 40-year-old York County resident identified only by a pseudonym.

She says that a physical therapist recommended during a June 2015 visit that she receive aquatic therapy. She says when her medical records showed she was HIV-positive, she was turned away.

Attorneys for OSS and two co-defendants, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute and the therapist, deny any wrongdoing.

The lawsuit was filed last week.

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