As a result of vast improvements in HIV treatment, more and more people with HIV are reaching retirement
and enjoying the “golden years” that lie beyond. Sadly, however, some are facing discrimination as they seek
living arrangements and long-term care services suitable for seniors.
More than two decades have elapsed since the first HIV cases were identified in the United States, but the unfortunate reality
is that there is still stigma associated with HIV. Too often, disclosure that a person has HIV wreaks havoc on that person’s
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults have many legal rights while in the care of a nursing home in New York State, including the right to be free from discrimination, neglect and emotional and physical abuse.
Prisoners living with HIV may have trouble getting the health care they need and deserve. If untreated or
mistreated, HIV can result in serious illness or even death. To prevent these things from happening, people living
with HIV in prison should be aware of—and insist upon—their legal right to medical care.
The information provided here is a summary of provisions of the referenced statutes. In most instances, the wording used here is wording
found in the referenced statutes (one exception is that “HIV” is used for convenience in this chart although the statute may use a different
term, such as “AIDS” or “causative agent of AIDS”).
At Lambda Legal, we spend most of our time
making the case for equality in the courts—but we
also fight for freedom in the community and in the
chambers where laws are made.
During Pride season, Lambda Legal staff, members
and volunteers can be found in cities and towns around
the country marching, handing out fact sheets, answering
questions and having fun.