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If there were instructions in your chart not to discuss your HIV status in front of third parties, then what you describe may very well constitute a HIPAA violation. You can report this violation to the Dept. of Health & Human Services here. They will initiate an investigation and fine your doctor for the violation.
As for civil remedies you may have, HIPAA does not allow private causes of action for damages. So, you cannot sue for emotional distress or other losses resulting from a violation of your HIPAA rights. Your best bet would be a claim for "invasion of privacy." You would need to retain a local attorney to pursue the case for you. Many handle this type of lawsuit on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no up front fee, just a percentage of whatever you recover (typically 1/3). See here to find a lawyer in your area who can help.
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