via Eight Forty-Eight
originally broadcast March 24, 2009
Later this spring, the Illinois House is expected to vote on a measure that would grant both same-sex and opposite-sex couples many of the same legal protections that come with marriage. If the Civil Unions Act passes, it would give partners in a civil union a number of rights, including the ability to make medical decisions for their partner in an emergency. A report from the Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago says it will help many senior citizens in same-sex relationships who are feeling the effects of not having these rights. Howard Brown’s Hope Barrett says it’s tough to be older and gay, bisexual or transgender.
And in a related story:
Midlife Patients With HIV or AIDS Require Care for Chronic Conditions
Individuals older than 50 who have HIV or AIDS confront a daily dilemma. How do they keep the disease under control while treating other health issues common in middle age and as seniors? It’s a juggling act that challenges healthcare providers as much as patients.
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