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7 Insurers Alleged To Have Discriminated Against HIV Patients

The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from discriminating against people with serious illnesses, but some marketplace plans sidestep that taboo by making the drugs that people with HIV need unavailable or unaffordable, complaints filed recently with the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights allege.

19 October 2016
Consultation on the CPS Policy on Prosecuting Crimes against Disabled People

Help the CPS improve their policy on prosecuting hate crime on the basis of a person's HIV status.

12 October 2016
Crown Prosecution Service
6 Nursing Homes Accused of HIV Discrimination

The facilities allegedly refused to accept a client because of his HIV, according to the ACLU.

22 September 2016
Russian HIV workers fear blacklisting

Despite a growing HIV epidemic in Russia, groups working to prevent the spread of the virus are worried they will be blacklisted for taking foreign funding. So far four organisations have been labelled "foreign agents".

06 September 2016
BBC News
What It's Like to Tell Your Boss That You're HIV Positive

In the modern British workplace, you can't be fired or discriminated against in any way on the grounds that you're HIV positive. That would be a criminal offence. Notifying your employer isn't a legal requirement, but if you do chose to disclose your status and are met with anything other than support, confidentiality and reasonable adjustments, then your employer has almost certainly broken the law.

15 August 2016
Landmark court ruling in Egypt prohibits HIV discrimination in the workplace

Ahmed was dismissed from his job as a plumber for a club in Giza, Egypt, in 2015 after his employer discovered he was living with HIV. Rather than remain silent, Ahmed decided to pursue legal action with the help of the Al Shehab Foundation for Comprehensive Development.

14 July 2016
Despite medical advances, HIV epidemic continues for gay men across the globe

Across countries and income levels, gay men continue to see disproportionately high rates of HIV infection, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health.

11 July 2016
Johns Hopkins University
Nigerian laws give conflicting message on HIV and homophobia

In 2016, the Nigerian government passed the HIV/AIDS Anti-Discrimination Act. The law is meant to prevent HIV-related discrimination and ensure access to healthcare and other services. It also provides protection of the human rights and dignity of people affected by HIV in Nigeria. However, the 2014 anti-homosexuality act prohibiting all forms of same-sex sexual activity remains.

17 May 2016
Key Correspondents
Anti-LGBTQ laws increase risk of HIV, drug use, and violence

Recently enacted laws in North Carolina and Mississippi and their impact on the rights of the LGBTQ community have brought to light a serious public health issue: an increased risk of HIV and gender-based violence. Laws such as these, as well as in other states, specifically exclude communities from protections against discrimination and create environments with gender inequality, stigmatization, and differential access to services. Together, this can lead to increased risk of violence.

03 May 2016
The Hill (blog)
Ste talks to NAT (National AIDS Trust) about HIV and workplace discrimination

Interview with a man who has experienced workplace discrimination in relation to his HIV status.

14 April 2016
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap