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#44 Discrimination Against Members of the Military Who Are HIV-Positive

Discrimination Against Members of the Military Who Are HIV-Positive

Monday, September 20, 2021
12:00 - 1:30 PM


People living with HIV continue to face discrimination in employment, housing, health care, insurance, parenting, and other areas of life, including being able to fully serve their country. About 2,000 people serving in the military are HIV-positive. Accession policy has prohibited those who are HIVpositive from enlisting. Service members who are serving on active duty and living a healthy life and happen to be HIV-positive have been precluded from certain career-enhancing duty overseas, solely because of their managed medical condition. Members of the military have been discharged as unfit for service because they have HIV, even though it is managed. This Roundtable will assess the current discrimination, review the several legal challenges pending in court, consider the American Bar Association’s recent Resolution on the issue, and look to the future, including what the Biden-Harris administration is likely to do through the Presidential Executive Powers.

Kara N. Ingelhart, Esq.
Lambda Legal

Victor M. Marquez, Esq.
Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Beck S. Fineman, Esq.
Ryan Ryan Deluca LLP

Cody N. Guarnieri, Esq.
Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP

Dwight Merriam, Esq.
Dwight Merriam, Attorney at Law