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. 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 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 … [Read more...] about Fury and fear in Singapore after American man Mikhy Farrera Brochez spills city’s HIV secrets
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LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY - The American at the centre of the data leak from Singapore's HIV registry has been traced to the city of Lexington in the southern American state of Kentucky, where the 34-year-old says he is currently homeless and jobless. Speaking with The Straits Times over the phone on Thursday (Jan 31) afternoon, US time, Mikhy Farrera-Brochez protested his innocence, saying recent reports about him were "terribly nasty and inaccurate". … [Read more...] about HIV data leak: Mikhy Farrera-Brochez traced to Kentucky where he says he’s jobless and homeless
SINGAPORE: Mikhy Farrera Brochez, the US citizen who is suspected to have leaked records of 14,200 people from Singapore’s HIV registry online, has been arrested and charged with trespass in the US state of Kentucky.Even before allegations that he had leaked information from the registry emerged, Brochez had already made headlines after being convicted for numerous fraud and drug offences.He was found to have used fake degree certificates to get hired as a lecturer in two local polytechnics.Brochez, who is HIV-positive, also used blood samples from his partner, Singaporean doctor Ler Teck Siang, to pass blood tests so he could gain and retain his employment pass.He is believed to have obtained the HIV registry records from Ler, who was head of the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) National Public Health Unit and had access to the registry.MOH has said that the incident “is believed to have arisen from the mishandling of information by Ler".This is a timeline of what we know … [Read more...] about The leaking of Singapore’s HIV registry records and the hunt for Mikhy Farrera Brochez: A timeline
SINGAPORE - The duo at the centre of the HIV Registry leak were boyfriends who hatched a plot to trick the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) into issuing one of them an employment pass. Mikhy Farrera-Brochez, 33, had met local general practitioner Ler Teck Siang, 36, online. The American lived in Singapore for eight years on employment pass, from January 2008 to June 2016. He had moved to Singapore a year after the pair got into a romantic relationship. As he knew that foreigners with HIV are not allowed to work here, Farrera-Brochez, who is HIV-positive, conspired with Ler to falsify his blood test results. To successfully apply for an employment pass to stay here with his boyfriend, Farrera-Brochez submitted a HIV-negative test result to MOM in March that year, using Ler's blood for the test. He visited a clinic in Commonwealth where Ler was on duty as a locum GP, for a medical examination. Ler had drawn blood from his left arm earlier that day, and labelled the test tube with … [Read more...] about The duo at the centre of HIV Registry leak: Who are Singaporean doctor Ler Teck Siang and US fraudster Mikhy Farrera-Brochez?
SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (Jan 28) announced that the HIV-positive status and personal information of 14,200 people from Singapore’s HIV registry were leaked online by US citizen Mikhy Farrera Brochez, who had previously worked here as a lecturer in two polytechnics.Brochez, who was deported in April last year, was jailed in 2016 for lying about his HIV status to gain an employment pass.The 32-year-old, who was also convicted of fraud and drug-related offences, was sentenced to 28 months’ jail.Here’s what we know about him:HOW DID BROCHEZ LEAK THE INFORMATION? Brochez was the romantic partner of Ler Teck Siang, a male Singaporean doctor who was the former head of the National Public Health Unit at the Ministry of Health (MOH) between March 2012 and May 2013.According to court documents, the couple started living together as a couple since 2008 in Singapore. They got married in New York City on Apr 24, 2014.As head of MOH's National Public … [Read more...] about HIV data leak: What we know about Mikhy Farrera Brochez