The ACLU works in four core areas: discrimination, privacy and medical decisions, government HIV policy and improving access to HIV medical care. In these areas, we work to:
Ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS (“PLWHA”) are not denied the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of society because of stereotypes, prejudice or misinformation about HIV, and ensure that HIV status is taken into account only when justified by a genuine medical necessity.
Protect the ability of individuals to control the confidentiality of their HIV status and other inherently personal information, and ensure that people have the ability to make informed decisions about HIV testing and treatment, free from government coercion or abuse by private actors.
Ensure that the government meets its obligation to provide an adequate and equitable response to HIV that is based on scientific principles and evidence.
Insure that the government fulfills its obligation to provide adequate medical care to those in its custody and does not erect arbitrary barriers that prevent people from accessing life-saving care.