How is the ADA and AIDS/HIV related?
You might not know that someone who has AIDS or is HIV positive and asymptomatic, is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. On September 16, 1994, MS. Abbott went to the dentist for a checkup. She informed her dentist that she was HIV positive, but asymptomatic. He discovered a cavity and refused to treat her because of her HIV status. She filed suit and after a long series of appeals, her case ended up in the Supreme Court. On June 25, 1998, the Supreme Court ruled that a person that is HIV positive, but asymptomatic, is covered under the ADA and is entitled to the protections this federal law is capable of giving.
Thanks to Ms. Abbot for her courage and perseverance to help fight the fight against AIDS/HIV and to show that those with AIDS/HIV have the right to live a life free of stigma and discrimination!
Do you want to read more on cases regarding these issues? Here are a variety of court cases discussing this topic (spoiler alert: they all rule in favor of the compliant!):