Man claims bias over use of HIV-blocking drug, sues company

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BOSTON (AP) — A Boston man has filed a discrimination complaint against Mutual of Omaha, claiming the company rejected him for long-term care insurance because he is taking an HIV prevention drug.

The man is identified only as John Doe in a complaint filed Sept. 16 with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

He alleges the insurer discriminated against him when the company rejected his request for long-term care coverage because he is taking the drug Truvada.

The drug has been used for years to treat HIV. In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration also approved its use to prevent HIV infection.

Lawyers for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders say the complaint is the first step toward suing Mutual of Omaha for discrimination.

The insurance company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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