U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) has introduced a bill to reform HIV-related criminal law throughout the United States, according to a statement by Lee. According to the Housing Works blog, the REPEAL HIV Criminalization Act calls for a review of all federal and state legislation, policies and regulations involving HIV-related offenses. HIV exposure or transmission is illegal in 34 states and two U.S. territories. Penalties range from fines to 30 years in prison; in many states, those convicted on HIV charges are registered as sex offenders. Activists warn that such penalties spread HIV by discouraging people from getting tested.
To read Lee’s statement, click here.
To read the Housing Works blog, click here.