HIV/Aids Discrimination

In spite of the progress of recent years, discrimination based on an individual’s HIV/AIDS status remains a significant problem today in many areas, including employment, housing and ability to receive health care.

Employment discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS can take many forms, including refusal to hire, refusal to grant workplace modifications to accommodate medical conditions or unjustified termination. People with HIV/AIDS are protected from employment discrimination, as well as the denial of health care services, under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Additionally, HIV/AIDS sufferers facing housing discrimination can find relief within the Fair Housing Act, which exists to help overcome discrimination and other barriers to housing.