Should People Who Intentionally Expose Others To HIV Be Prosecuted?





By Shawn Radcliffe
October 26, 2017

Earlier this month California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that lowers the penalty for intentionally exposing others to HIV without their knowledge from a felony to a misdemeanor.

This puts the penalty for HIV in line with that for other infectious diseases, such as SARS, hepatitis, and tuberculosis.

Knowingly donating HIV-infected blood, which was a felony, was also decriminalized.

Supporters of the reform, which included public health, civil liberties, and LGBT and HIV groups in the state, say this is an important step away from treating people living with HIV as criminals.

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