Man Sues NJ Hospital For Being Denied HIV Meds, Doctor: “This is what he gets for going against God’s will”

A gay New Jersey  HIV-positive man is suing Trinitas Regional Medical Center stating that the hospital denied him his HIV medications,  treatment and visitors, as the doctor remarked, “This is what he gets for going against God’s will.”

Joao Simoes  says that the hospital admitted him in August 2011, but that “requests for his lifesaving medication were not honored,” and his sister was denied visitation rights.

Dr. Susan V. Borja, M.D., allegedly approached Simoes while he was confined to the hospital’s mental health wing and Simoes asked for his HIV medication.  Borja then allegedly asked Simoes how he got HIV, to which he responded, “I got it from unprotected sex.”  Dr. Borja closed the plaintiff’s file, put it down and looked at plaintiff with disgust on her face and asked, coldly, “Is that from sex with men?”  Simoes says he responded affirmatively and that, “immediately after hearing this, Dr. Borga proceeded to exit the room.”

The hospital finally permitted Simoes to call his personal physician on the third day of his stay and learned that the doctor had already spoken with Borja about Simoes’ medication.  Dr. Borja responded to the doctor by stating, ‘This is what he gets for going against God’s will,‘ and hung up the phone .

Simoes sister was contacted and went to the hospital with his own personal HIV perscriptions and only then did the nurses eventually gave plaintiff his medication,” the complaint states.

The hospital’s conduct allegedly caused Simoes to miss five doses of his medication and Simoes seeks punitive damages for discrimination.

And of course, Trinitas Regional Medical Center is a Catholic Hospital and Dr. Susan V. Borja, M.D recieved her medical degree from Santo Tomas, a Catholic university in the Phillipines.  Surprise!  Surprise!

Feel free to file a complaint against Dr. Susan V. Borja with the NJ Board of Medical Examiners.

And contact Trinitas Regional Medical Center at

Will this insanity ever stop?

Source:  Courthouse News


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1 thought on “Man Sues NJ Hospital For Being Denied HIV Meds, Doctor: “This is what he gets for going against God’s will”

  1. Unsurprising, but expectable. Did you read about the Pope’s silencing of the nun’s organization Leadership Council for Women Religious? The nuns were ordered to drop their discussions on birth control and gay rights, and to focus on anti-abortion and combatting marriage equality, instead. How can Jesus’ message of love be so mis-interpreted by so-called religious institutions, into espousing bigotry and hate?

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