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March 5, 2012

Maryland Considers Increasing HIV Law to 25-Year Felony

Lawmakers in the Maryland legislature have proposed changing the state’s HIV-specific criminal law from a misdemeanor to a felony, the American Independent reports. Delegate C.T. Wilson, a Democrat, said he introduced the legislation after a recent trial in which a man with HIV was convicted but only received “a slap on the wrist.” Under current law, attempting to or transmitting HIV can result in a three-year sentence and a $2,500 fine. Wilson wants that sentence increased to 25 years, likening HIV to domestic abuse. Advocates have said that evidence shows that criminal laws have little impact on behavior, that they actually deter people from getting tested, and that they increase stigma and discrimination.

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