Lawsuit: Iraq war vet with HIV was barred from aquatic therapy pool
PHILADELPHIA (Thursday, June 23, 2016) — The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of an Iraq war veteran who was denied aquatic therapy at a physical therapy center because she has HIV.
The plaintiff, Bonnie Jones, 40, who is using a pseudonym to protect her identity, served two tours of active duty in Iraq. She sought treatment from the OSS Orthopaedic Hospital facility in York, Pa., for chronic spine pain and limited range of motion caused by wearing a bulletproof vest for an extended period. Drayer Physical Therapy operates the physical therapy services at the facility owned by OSS Orthopaedic Hospital.
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All Pain, No Gain: HIV Criminalization in Pennsylvania (May 2016)
HIV Criminalization undercuts important public health initiatives by ignoring actual transmission risk, exacerbating stigma, and devaluing the importance of personal responsibility in HIV prevention. Criminalization makes it more difficult for those who have been diagnosed with HIV to disclose their HIV status to partners or to access and stay in care. In short, it’s all pain and no gain.
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The AIDS Law Project has been busy protecting people living with HIV in Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Click here for some recent victories.