President Obama on the 35th Anniversary of HIV/AIDS in America

Statement by the President on the 35th Anniversary of HIV/AIDS in America

On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report on what would later be understood as the first documented cases of AIDS. The past 35 years tell a story that bends from uncertainty, fear, and loss toward resilience, innovation, and hope.

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Sen. Frank Lautenberg Dies At Age 89

Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey’s longest-serving U.S. senator, died Monday at 89 of viral pneumonia, his office said. The oldest member of the Senate and its last World War II veteran, Lautenberg had struggled with health problems since late last year, when he missed several weeks of votes because of what he said was flu and bronchitis. Lautenberg was considered one of the Senate’s most liberal members, and was the author of the the Ryan White Care Act, which provides services… Read more

Bill Introduced To Repeal HIV Criminalization Laws

Late Tuesday, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced a bill that could eventually force the repeal of laws that criminalize exposing others to HIV. Lambda Legal has issued a press release in support of the bill: The REPEAL (“Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal”) HIV Discrimination Act, H.R. 1843, which was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee late yesterday, calls for review of all federal and state laws, policies and regulations regarding the criminal prosecution of individuals for HIV-related offenses. If enacted, it… Read more

Presidential AIDS Council Recommends Repealing HIV Criminalization Laws

Many people don’t know that you can be prosecuted in 34 of the states in the US for non-disclosure of HIV status. This is often true whether the other person is infected or not. Punishments range from jail time to registering as a sex offender. The initial purpose of these laws was to force all positive people to disclose in all scenarios. Instead the opposite occurs and people don’t get tested because if they don’t know their status they can’t… Read more

Seriously Kansas? Quarantining People With HIV?

A Kansas bill designed to help protect paramedics and firefighters appears to have been hijacked to potentially legalize quarantining people with HIV/AIDS. The bill would allow firefighters and paramedics exposed to bodily fluids during the course of their duties to require the person they were treating or helping to take a blood test to rule out HIV infection. Currently this can only happen via a court order which takes time. However, because the bill dealt specifically with HIV, lawmakers on… Read more

AIDS Healthcare Foundation files OSHA Complaints Against Bareback Porn Companies

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has filed workplace safety complaints against several California-based gay porn companies that specialize in unprotected sex scenes.  Via press release: AHF this week filed formal ‘Notice of Safety or Health Hazards’ complaints with Cal/OSHA (California’s Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health), the state’s health and safety regulatory and watchdog organization, over the lack of condom use in adult films produced by Treasure Island Media, Inc., a Bay Area adult film production… Read more

CNN: Man Imprisoned over HIV

This article at CNN illustrates the need for decriminaliztion of HIV. In many states in the US, if you do not disclose your status before sexual activity you can go to jail, and you will be registered as a sex offender for life. Know the laws in your region and fight for HIV decriminalization. Aren’t we discriminated against enough?

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