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September 28, 2010

Positive Justice Project Seeks to End HIV Criminalization

The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) has launched the Positive Justice Project, a campaign to repeal laws that create HIV-specific crimes or laws that increase penalties for people with HIV who are convicted of criminal offenses, according to a CHLP statement. Currently, the United States has more HIV-specific criminal cases than any other in the nation, with more than 400 prosecutions to date. However, research has shown HIV criminalization statutes don’t reduce HIV rates. In fact, they might increase HIV rates by stigmatizing at-risk groups and discouraging HIV testing.

To read the CHLP statement, click here.

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