In response to member concerns about the negative impact on public health—particularly the response to the HIV and STD epidemics--IDSA, HIVMA and PIDS released a joint policy statement last month opposing laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Such laws have been adopted or are under consideration in a growing number of states, most recently North Carolina and Mississippi. The Mississippi law, for example, would allow healthcare facilities and providers to refuse services to LGBT individuals. By taking this action, the three organizations join a number of medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians and the American Psychological Association.
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