World AIDS Day Report – HIV Criminalization in California: Evaluation of Transmission Risk

Amira Hasenbush and Dr. Brian Zanoni, December 2016

California’s HIV Criminalization Laws are Outdated and Disproportionately Affect Marginalized Communities
93% of Convictions Don’t Require Conduct That is Likely to Transmit HIV,
 None Require  Actual Transmission   

In California, outdated HIV criminalization laws do not reflect the highly effective medical advances for reducing the risk of HIV transmission and extending the quantity and quality of life for people living with HIV.

HIV criminalization is a term used to describe laws that either criminalize otherwise legal conduct or that increase the penalties for illegal conduct based upon a person’s HIV-positive status.  California has four HIV-specific criminal laws.

In HIV Criminalization in California: Evaluation of Transmission Risk, researchers Amira Hasenbush and Dr. Brian Zanoni suggest that these HIV criminal laws in California are not in line with medical science and technology related to HIV and may, in fact, work against best public health practices.

Read the Press Release.

Read the Report.