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

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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