In the early years of the AIDS crisis, as the medical establishment grappled with the little-understood disease, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services decided to ban blood donations from gay and bisexual men, ostensibly to protect the nation’s blood supply.
Q: I have been working at the same company for a few years, and am generally happy there. I recently tested positive for HIV, and was wondering – could I get fired if my boss found out about my HIV status?
On World AIDS Day 2014, Lambda Legal urges those tasked with enforcing U.S. criminal law—from governors to prosecutors to police detectives—to halt the criminal prosecution of people based on their HIV status, thereby assisting efforts to combat the misconceptions, fear, stereotypes, discrimination and stigma faced by people living with HIV that fuel the epidemic in the U.S. and around the world.
Late yesterday the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, which includes important language directing the Secretary of Defense to issue a report on Department of Defense personnel policies regarding members of the armed services who have HIV or Hepatitis B. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill last week.
Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, a bill that will end the blanket ban on the donation of organs from HIV-positive individuals, clearing the way for transplantation of such organs into people living with HIV to become routine practice in the near future.