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AIDS Law Project News

November 30, 2016

GLAD and AIDS Action File Brief with MA SJC in Landmark Syringe Access Case

GLAD and AIDS Action Committee filed a brief November 28 at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in a suit fighting efforts by the town of Barnstable to shut down a life-saving needle distribution program operated by AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod (ASGCC). A Superior Court judge granted ASGCC a …

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August 11, 2016

Governor Baker Signs Historic Law Requiring Treatment for HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy

On August 10, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Syndrome Treatment, which will go into effect November 9. This first-of-its-kind legislation, sponsored by Senator Mark Montigny and Representative Sarah Peake, requires public and …

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October 21, 2015

Testimony in Support of Treatment for HIV-Related Lipodystrophy

The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Financial Services heard testimony Tuesday in support of a bill which would mandate insurance coverage for the treatment of lipodystrophy.


GLAD AIDS Law Project Director Ben Klein testifies in support of An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy …

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June 25, 2015

GLAD Applauds Upholding of Subsidies in Affordable Care Act in King v. Burwell

With the Supreme Court’s affirmation of King v. Burwell, Janson Wu, Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) issued the following statement:

“This is a terrific and just outcome for people across the U.S. who will not face additional barriers to obtaining the health care …

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February 26, 2015

GLAD Testifies in Opposition to Proposed HIV Criminalization Legislation in Rhode Island

GLAD AIDS Law Project Director and Senior Staff Attorney Ben Klein testified before the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee February 24 in opposition to H 5245, An Act Related to Criminal Offenses - Criminal Transmission of HIV, proposed legislation that would criminalize failure to disclose HIV …

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November 11, 2014

GLAD Appoints Janson Wu, GLAD Deputy Director and Senior Staff Attorney, as New Executive Director

Janson Wu, deputy director and senior staff attorney for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), has been appointed the organization’s new executive director.  Wu, who has been with GLAD for eight years, will start his new position on December 1, 2014.

“We are thrilled and proud to name Janson …

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August 1, 2014

Update on An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Treatment

The Massachusetts legislative session ended July 31 and, unfortunately, An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Treatment did not pass. Efforts to ensure treatement for people with lipodystrophy will continue. 

Read a message from GLAD AIDS Law Project Director Ben Klein.

June 9, 2014

Urvashi Vaid to Receive GLAD’s 2014 Spirit of Justice Award

GLAD will present the Spirit of Justice Award to activist icon Urvashi Vaid, a community organizer, writer and civil rights attorney who has been an inspirational leader in the LGBT and social justice movements for more than three decades.


Photo: Katja Heinemann

“Urvashi reminds us that our …

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June 4, 2014

MA Legislature Considers Bill Requiring Insurance Coverage for HIV-related Lipodystrohpy Treatment

“I don’t want anybody to see me,” says 64-year-old John Wallace.

What John doesn’t want people to see is how badly he has been disfigured by lipodystrophy, a metabolic complication of his HIV medications that creates abnormal fat distribution in his body. The once outgoing Vietnam-era Marine …

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March 5, 2014

GLAD Urges Coverage for Treatment of Disfiguring Side Effect of HIV Medications

Updated March 24 

Read in the Boston GlobePatients, advocates hope to ease a visible burden

GLAD testified March 5 in support of a Massachusetts bill requiring insurance coverage for the treatment of lipodystrophy, a debilitating and disfiguring side effect of HIV medications. The disfiguring …

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