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Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq.

Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq., Executive Director, of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, is a nationally recognized advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS.

In December 2010, she was listed among the top 100 HIV/AIDS activists in the United States by POZ magazine In 2007, Ronda was named "Policymaker of the Year" by the Penn Center for AIDS Research, a joint project of the University of Pennsylvania, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Wistar Institute. In 2005 she was voted a ÒSuper LawyerÓ in a poll of more than 36,000 Pennsylvania attorneys published jointly by Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazine.

Ronda is chair of the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, the civilian oversight agency for the city's police department. She is a member of the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and the ACLU's Philadelphia chapter. A graduate of the University of Miami, she received her J.D. from the Shepard Broad Law Center of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale and is admitted to the Bars of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Ronda is also our forum expert answering questions in TheBody's Legal Issues and HIV forum.

Latest by Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq.

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HIV and Defamation

I would like to know if I can sue someone for saying I'm HIV positive, if I'm not. This was said to me over the phone. It's my word against hers.

By Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq.
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Why Philly's New District Attorney Matters to People With HIV

Career civil rights lawyer Larry Krasner's election represents significant change for Philadelphia. Ronda Goldfein is optimistic that he will help send the message that HIV criminalization only perpetuates the stigma fueling the epidemic.

By Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq.
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Disclosing another person's HIV status out of spite

I have a question about disclosing another person's HIV status on social media in a spiteful manner because they want to make that person look bad to others.

By Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq.
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Firefighters and HIV

Q. Does Florida test for HIV to be a firefighter, and if positive do they have to hire you if you are best candidate? Can't get an answer anywhere and want to go to fire school but I have HIV.

By Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq.
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Traveling From U.S. to India While Living With HIV

Do you know if American citizens are allowed to travel to India who are HIV positive? Are there any restrictions?

By Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq.
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U.S. Visa for Foreign Student With HIV

Hi! I was accepted in graduate school program in the US but I have HIV. I will be applying for a student visa soon. Do I need to declare my HIV status in the online application form? Do the embassy have a way of detecting it even if I don't declare t...

By Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq.
HIV Is Not a Crime
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Discrimination Against People With HIV Is Illegal. Here's What to Do if It Happens to You

If you've been the target of HIV-related discrimination, know you are not alone. There are laws to protect you, and people and organizations prepared to help. Understand your rights and use these tips to take action.

By Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq. and Mark Spencer