Federal judge temporarily blocks military from forcing out HIV-positive airmen

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02/15/2019

A federal judge on Friday blocked the military from forcing out a pair of HIV-positive airmen, saying she had seen no evidence that the disease should prevent them from serving. “These are the kinds of people that it seems to me the military wants to keep in the service,” Judge Leonie Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia in suburban Alexandria, Virginia, said in court while issuing an injunction. Her ruling allows the two Air Force airmen who sued to remain in their posts pending trial; both would otherwise have been terminated in the next few weeks.

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