This booklet is for people with HIV, AIDS, substance use issues, or a criminal record. It helps you understand your rights and how to deal with discrimination. While the section on criminal records mainly applies to New York, the rest of the information is useful throughout the United States. The booklet covers:

  1. Laws that protect you from discrimination based on HIV, AIDS, addiction, or criminal records.
  2. What employers and landlords can ask about your health or criminal history.
  3. How to find a job or housing even with these conditions.
  4. Steps to take if you face illegal discrimination.

Discrimination exists, but you can take action to overcome it. Learning the rules and being prepared can improve your chances.

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Last Reviewed: November 5, 2023