March 16, 2020

Moving the Military’s HIV Policies Out of the 1990’s

People living with HIV are currently not permitted to enlist, deploy overseas or commission as officers in the U.S. Armed Services. These 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 (U=U).

In 2018, Lambda Legal, Modern Military Association of America, and Winston & Strawn filed three lawsuits aiming to transform the military’s approach to the service of people living with HIV. In a ground-breaking opinion early this year, the Fourth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction preventing the Air Force from separating Service Members based on their HIV status, finding a likelihood of success on all of the plaintiffs’ claims. This webinar discussed the strategy of this impact litigation campaign to move the military’s HIV-related policies into the 21st century.



Joint Sponsor: ABA HIV/AIDS Impact Project
Co-Sponsor: ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity


PowerPoint Presentation

Roe v. Shanahan, 359 F.Supp.3d 382 (EDVA Feb. 15, 2019)

Roe v. Dept. of Defense, 947 F.3d 207 (4th Cir. Jan. 10, 2020)

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