AIDS Law Project Publications

AIDS and the Law: Your Rights in Pennsylvania (NEW EDITION) 

It’s back! The 2011 edition of our eagerly anticipated handbook, AIDS and the Law: Your Rights in Pennsylvania is now available. The 85-page guide features easily-digestible answers to questions spanning each of our practice areas. Commonly asked questions concerning everything from discrimination and health insurance issues to public benefits and child custody planning are included. This new edition has been further updated to reflect the September 2011 changes to Pennsylvania’s HIV testing law.

Cost: $25.

Public Benefits Advocacy Manual (NEW EDITION)

Updated in May 2010, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania offers a detailed, comprehensive and easy-to-use manual on eligibility for public benefits in Pennsylvania. Each chapter provides detailed descriptions, flow charts, advocacy tips and examples to ensure prompt approval of public benefit applications. Most forms necessary to apply for benefits are included. Topics include:

Social Security benefits – General Assistance – TANF – Medical Assistance Healthy Horizons Healthy Beginnings – “Spend Down” – Medicaid AIDS Waiver – Medicare – Food Stamps- Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program (SPBP) – Immigrant eligibility – Criminal record eligibility issues

Cost: $75.

Your Life Your Decisions: Wills, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney and Standby Guardianships, June 2013

The latest edition of the AIDS Law Project’s booklet on end of life issues facing clients with HIV answers frequently asked questions regarding everything from the distribution of assets to planning for the custody and care of children.


Pennsylvania AIDS Law Report: Issue No. 1, July 1993
(Act 148: The Confidentiality of HIV-Related Information Act)

The inaugural issue of the AIDS Law Project’s AIDS Law Report features Act 148–a Pennsylvania statute establishing standards for the confidentiality of HIV-related information. The report summarizes the Act’s scope, enforcement, confidentiality requirements and exceptions. Readers can also test their understanding of Pennsylvania’s most significant HIV-related law by taking our Act 148 quiz.


Returning To Work;  A Helpful Guide, December 2002

New medications are helping many people with AIDS feel well enough to go back to work.  Newspapers are full of stories about people with AIDS returning to the workforce.  However, no one should feel pressured to go back to work until they are ready.

The first step in deciding to return to work is to meet with your doctor to determine if you are physically able to return to work.  If you and your doctor decide you are able to work, this guide will tell you what to expect when re-entering the workforce and how to gauge the effect a return to work will have on your Social Security benefits.