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September 2009: Crime, Punishment and HIV

In the United States and across the globe, more and more HIV-positive people are being arrested for not disclosing their status before consensual sex. And in some cases, they are convicted regardless of whether a condom was used and whether transmission occurred. Please share your thoughts on this issue by completing our confidential survey.
 
1. Were you aware of the increasing numbers of people in the United States who are criminalized for not disclosing their status before consensual sex?
Yes
No
 
2. Should HIV-positive people be criminalized if they don't disclose their status before having protected or unprotected consensual sex?
Yes
No
Sometimes
 
3. If you believe people should be criminalized for not disclosing their status, in what instances should this happen? (Check all that apply.)
They use a condom and no transmission occurs
They use a condom and transmission does occur
They don't use a condom and no transmission occurs
They don't use a condom and transmission does occur
 
4. Should an HIV-positive person's intent to infect another be a factor in the decision to criminalize?
Yes
No
 
5. Should HIV-negative people who engage in consensual, unprotected or protected sex be responsible for their possible exposure to HIV?
Yes
No
 
6. How consistently do you disclose your HIV status to your sexual partners?
Always
Sometimes
Never
 
7. If you disclose, when do you?
Before touching
Before hugging
Before kissing
Before oral sex
Before intercourse (vaginal or anal)
After intercourse (vaginal or anal)
 
8. Have you ever told someone that you are HIV positive and later had him or her say you did not?
Yes
No
 
9. Do you, as an HIV-positive person, fear being criminalized for not disclosing your status?
No, I always disclose my HIV status before engaging in sex
No, because I always use protection
No, I don't worry about it
Yes, because I don't always disclose my status
Yes, because even though I always disclose my status, I'm afraid my partner might lie and a jury would side with him or her
 
10. Does the fear of being criminalized for not disclosing your HIV status hinder your sex life?
Yes
No
 
11. Does the fear of being criminalized make you less comfortable telling other people, particularly sexual partners, about your status?
Yes
No
 
12. Does the fear of being criminalized keep people who don't know their HIV status from getting tested?
Yes
No
 
13. Do you believe criminalizing HIV transmission hinders positive people from seeking treatment?
Yes
No
 
14. What is your gender?
Male
Female
Transgender
Other
 
15. What is your sexual orientation?
Straight
Gay/Lesbian
Bisexual
Other
 
16. What is your ethnicity (Check all that apply.)
American Indian or Alaska Native
Arab or Middle Easternn
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
White
(please specify) 
 
17. What is your ZIP code?



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