Having HIV/AIDS affects all aspects of life, from maintaining good health and relationships to finding employment and housing. Destructive stigmas often create obstacles, and in matters of confidentiality and discrimination, settling legal issues is often difficult to do without help. We seek to educate on, advocate for and ensure the legal rights of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’s HIV/AIDS legal assistance provides direct legal services and outreach to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Our services focus on:
1. Ensuring that the legal needs of people living with HIV/AIDS are addressed
2. Educating people living with HIV/AIDS on certain legal rights
3. Advocating for the well-being and equal treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS in the community
4. Improving quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families
- Simple wills, powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney and advance directives
- Government benefits including Medicaid and Medicare, Food Stamps, Social Security, and SSI
- Discrimination claims based on HIV/AIDS status, i.e. employment
- Breach of confidentiality
- Standby guardianships
- Immigration (where a person was previously denied because of their HIV/AIDS status)
To be eligible for services, you must 1) be diagnosed with HIV or AIDS; 2) live in one of the following counties: Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan or Union; and 3) earn a gross income of less than 300% of the federal poverty limits.
Access HIV/AIDS self-help resources here.
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy is a Coalition Partner with Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative. Find more information at www.southernaidsstrategy.org.