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Catherine Hanssens has been active in HIV legal and policy issues since 1984. She is the executive director of the Center for HIV Law and Policy, the first national legal resource and strategy center for people with HIV and their advocates.

Previously, Hanssens lead the development of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund's HIV litigation and policy work as the AIDS project director for eight years. During her earlier work with the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, Hanssens created and managed a model on-site legal assistance program for single parents with HIV in Philadelphia-area hospitals and clinics that brought together legal, medical and social services.

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A 'Justice' Kavanaugh Would Be a Nightmare for People Living With Disabilities, Including PLHIV

"There are plenty of reasons why LGBT people and people living with HIV should be horrified at the prospect of a Justice Kavanaugh," writes Catherine Hanssens, the founder and executive director of The Center for HIV Law & Policy.

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A Moment of Outrage With a Silver Lining

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HIV Criminalization in Iowa: Rhoades v. Iowa

Though the law deemed that Nick Rhoades of Iowa took the proper precautions and posed little to no risk of HIV transmission, he is now a register sex offender on five years' probation.

AIDS Criminals and Innocent Victims: Is There Anything Wrong With This Picture? A Blog Entry by Catherine Hanssens, Esq.

This blog previously appeared on The Center for HIV Law and Policy's Web site and has been reprinted with permission. On September 18th, ABC's "20/20" program aired a piece on five Texas women who slept with "HIV criminal" 53-year-old Philippe Padie...

What "To Do" About AIDS: Public Policy Priorities for Combating a Preventable Epidemic

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Warning: Your Medical Privacy Is at Risk

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Comments on the CDC's Draft Guidelines for HIV Case Surveillance, Including Monitoring HIV Infection & AIDS

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Bragdon v. Abbott: The Supreme Court Takes on HIV

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Mandatory HIV Case Reporting

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