People Living with HIV in Los Angeles County Face a Variety of Unmet Legal Needs, New Study Shows

People living with HIV in Los Angeles County face a variety of unmet legal needs, new study shows

Nearly all respondents had a legal need in the past year, but fewer than one in six received help from a lawyer.

An overwhelming 98% of respondents said they had at least one legal need in the year prior to the survey, but a mere 28% sought legal help, and only 16% received help from a lawyer.

When provided a list of needs that could be addressed by legal intervention or assistance, respondents indicated experiencing legal needs which have a significant impact on access to resources such as income, health care and housing, according to a new study by Williams Institute researchers.

The study analyzes surveys of almost 400 people living with HIV (“PLWH”) in Los Angeles County, most of whom identified as low-income, unemployed and from communities of color.

Different groups among PLWH experienced unique legal needs, but respondents across all subgroups said they experienced HIV-based discrimination in housing, employment and health care settings.

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