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June 2016
POLICY AND ADVOCACY
HIVMA Endorses the Equality Act
HIVMA lent its support last month to the Equality Act, a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. In his letter of support (PDF) for this federal legislation, HIVMA Chair Carlos del Rio, MD, FIDSA, noted that stigma and discrimination remain a challenge in diagnosing individuals with HIV infection, and getting them linked to and retained in care. In the face of a troubling wave of anti-LGBT bills that have been filed by state legislators across the country, the Equality Act would defend and protect the basic rights of Americans regardless of their gender orientation or sexual identity. A brief recently released by The Fenway Institute  (PDF) reports that as of February 2016, more than 175 anti-LGBT bills had been filed in 32 states. You can encourage your legislators to co-sponsor the Equality Act by visiting the IDSA/HIVMA Action Center.

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