CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Health Department is looking its legal options after a fake flyer with a city logo on it claimed a woman was HIV positive.
The flyer was posted on Facebook as though it was a public health notice from the city of Cincinnati.
It reads, “Woman accused of knowingly exposing others to HIV virus".
The post goes on to give the victim’s name, date of birth, height, weight and race.
“I was alarmed,” Cincinnati Health Commissioner Melba Moore said. “Protected public health information? We do not disclose that."
The flyer goes on to say the victim has been spreading HIV to unsuspecting men for four years and that she exposed up to 15 men in the Cincinnati area.
Moore says her team has been in contact with the city law department.
“That’s what we are in conversations with them about. What can we do based on what we know? We know it didn’t come out of our department,” Moore said.
After doing some searching, we found another flyer floating around with the city logo.
FOX19 NOW legal analyst Mike Allen says this appears to be a violation of the Ohio Revised Code - making false alarms.
“Whenever someone circulates a report of a potential crime or what they say is a crime it could constitute making a false report,” Allen said.
"We will work to see what we can do to make sure it doesn’t happen again, Moore said.
The victim’s husband tells FOX19 NOW they are going to the police station to file a complaint against the person who spread the online flyer.