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”).
Lambda Legal, the leading national legal organization dedicated to achieving full civil rights for LGBT people and
people with HIV, has had an exceptional year. Our high-impact cases and educational programs continue to serve
our mission by securing new and expanded legal protections and by amplifying our message in public forums.
Below are highlights of our accomplishments.
Anti-discrimination laws are important tools for protecting non-discriminatory access to health care for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Studies demonstrate that anti-gay and antitrans bias permeates the medical profession, with adverse effects on the health and well-being of LGBT people.
Are you and your same-sex partner thinking about traveling or moving to another state but worried about whether your relationship will be respected? Or have you joined the growing movement to advocate that employers or organizations, when choosing sites for a convention or meeting, avoid locales that require or promote discrimination against same-sex relationships?