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  • California District Court Grants Judgment to HIV+ Man Denied Haircut at Los Angeles Barbershop

    “This judgment is proof that what happened to me in that barbershop and what happens to people living with HIV who experience discrimination just trying to do basic things in life like go the dentist or get a haircut is simply not acceptable,” said Nikko Briteramos, the complainant.

    05 June 2019 | Lambda Legal
  • Woman refused dental treatment due to HIV status to receive €10,000

    Patient was in dentist chair had received anaesthetic when service withdrawn.

    05 June 2019 | Irish Times
  • US: HHS Rule Allows Religious Discrimination in Health Care

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has finalized a new rule that will allow health care workers to refuse to provide or assist in providing medical services if doing so violates their religious or moral beliefs. In other words, it will allow them to discriminate widely and putting LGBTQ people and our families, among others, at risk.

    10 May 2019 | Pride Source
  • South Korea’s HIV testing of foreign teachers challenged in compensation claim

    Lisa Griffin is seeking one year’s lost wages of US$21,000 because her contract was not renewed in 2009 after she refused to be tested for the disease. But the government says the testing was legal and proportionate, and that the statute of limitations has already expired.

    23 April 2019 | South China Morning Post
  • Employers’ unlawful vetting of job applicant health conditions and disabilities persists, says NAT

    Today marks nine years since the Equality Act was passed, yet social care providers across London have been found to be openly breaking rules it introduced, designed to prevent discrimination in employment. A report published today by NAT (National AIDS Trust) shows continued use of unlawful pre-employment health questions amongst these employers.

    08 April 2019 | National AIDS Trust
  • US: Judge halts Air Force’s efforts to discharge airmen with HIV

    A federal judge in Virginia has ordered the Air Force to halt efforts to discharge service members who are HIV-positive. The ruling came in a case filed by two HIV-positive airmen who are suing to prevent their discharge under the military’s “deploy or get out” policy. U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in Alexandria issued the preliminary injunction Friday. She ruled that the Air Force's treatment of HIV-positive personnel is "irrational, inconsistent, and at variance with modern science."

    16 February 2019 | Air Force Times
  • Facing Legal Action, Insurer Now Will Cover People Taking Truvada, an H.I.V.-Prevention Drug

    Regulators had accused Mutual of Omaha of denying policies to applicants, mostly gay men, who took medication to protect against the infection.

    11 January 2019 | New York Times
  • They tested positive for HIV. Then the military kicked them out.

    Two U.S. airmen filed suit on Wednesday against Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, arguing that the Pentagon’s decision last month to discharge them from the military owing to their HIV status violates the Constitution’s equal protection clause and federal law.

    20 December 2018 | Washington Post
  • The Violence of Uncertainty — Undermining Immigrant and Refugee Health

    "Immigrants and refugees in the United States have long faced structural violence due to unequal access to health care. Now we are seeing an emerging form of violence inflicted on these groups, enacted through systematic personal, social, and institutional instability that exacerbates inequality and injects fear into the most basic of daily interactions. We refer to such violence as “the violence of uncertainty.”

    02 October 2018 | NEJM
  • Court Case Hoping to End Pentagon’s HIV Discharges Will Move Forward

    The Trump administration had asked that the lawsuit be dismissed.

    24 September 2018 | Poz
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