People living with HIV are currently not permitted to enlist, deploy overseas or commission as officers in the U.S. Armed Services. These discriminatory policies are rooted in a lack of understanding and acceptance of current science about HIV, its transformation into a chronic manageable condition and the latest prevention tools, including treatment as prevention (Undetectable=Untransmittable/U=U). In May 2018, Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN and Winston & Strawn filed the first of three lawsuits aiming to transform the military’s approach to the service of people living with HIV. This past February, a federal court in Virginia enjoined the Air Force from separating Service Members based on their HIV status with a 55-page opinion finding a likelihood of success on all of the plaintiffs’ claims. At the same time, efforts are underway to put pressure for change on the Department of Defense through Congress. Come hear about the strategy of this impact litigation campaign and policy push and get the latest hot-off-the-presses news about the efforts to move the military’s HIV-related policies into the 21st century.
Speakers: Julie Bauer (Winston & Strawn LLP); Peter Perkowski (OutServe-SLDN); Matthew Rose (National Minority AIDS Council); Scott Schoettes (Lambda Legal)