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Christa Douaihy, Esq.

Christa Douaihy, Esq. Christa Douaihy is a staff attorney with the Civil Action Practice at The Bronx Defenders (BxD) in the Bronx, N.Y. She is admitted to practice law in New York Courts and the Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court. She is also a member of the New York City Bar Association's Special Committee on AIDS. Christa has proven expertise regarding issues affecting veterans, disability rights and civil rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Before BxD, Christa was a staff attorney with the Disability Rights Unit at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley in Westchester County, N.Y. From 2006 to late 2008 she held the position of legal intern/advocate at Gay Men's Health Crisis, where she represented persons living with HIV/AIDS in advocacy efforts and immigration applications, including asylum petitions. Recently, Christa served on the Tri-County Steering Committee of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, responsible for intra-regional administration of congressionally appropriated funds for Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties. In 2008, Christa attained certification as a mediator of civil disputes. And in 2011, she received accreditation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to represent veterans in their legal affairs. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Pittsburgh and her Juris Doctorate at The City University of New York School of Law.

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Forced Leave of Absence due to HIV, no risk of exposure for anyone!!

Recently at work, I was forced to work 22 straight weeks of 70-75 hours a week (salaried manager). I was getting burned out and my depression worsened. I had sent an email to HR to begin the process of taking some STD time off. I notified my manager ...

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Family Members

Myself and my family have just found out that my sister-in-law is HIV positive and has known about it since 2009, before she married my brother. My brother had an accident in 2011 and they were married after he received a large settlement. However, r...

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HIV and sexual partners

Is there a legal requirement for a person with HIV to inform their sexual partners?

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Can I be deported because I have HIV?

Iam in illegal immigrant i came to the us already being positive i have alot of fear of being deported and what to do for getting meds where i have to buy them or how i can get them please i have alot fear im afraid of being deported if i searched fo...

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Plastic surgery and hiv

Can a plastic surgent refuse to provide me with hes or her services even if im perfectly healthy to have the procidure?

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I am a nurse. I am on atripla. Do i need to leave my profession?

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Can I sell my unused HIV/AIDS medication on the street?

My dr changed my meds and now I'm no longer taking atripla. I've got to recoup some of this cost and the pharmacy won't buy this back. Is there a legal way I can sell these pill I'm sure someone out there needs them. How much can I get per pill?

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hiv transmission issue at work place

Yesterday i had a very bad accident at work and cut myself. A lot of blood spilled out on my work place and the floor. i wanted to clean my mess, but work colleague already had done it. It seems that this person did not use gloves while cleaning my b...

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Fired after telling boss HIV positive

What can I do? My brother told his boss that he was HIV positive the next day his boss fired him. No write ups, good bonuses & nice raises during his employment of 3 years( not sure on the employment years it might be 4 years)Do you think he needs to...

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Visiting USA with HIV Meds. Any problem?

I will have a 10-days business trip to USA. I won't be alone and I am too scared of facing some difficulties entering with my meds. No one knows my HIV status and I will be traveling with a very important client. What would happen at customs? Do they...