Posted on March 9, 2017


Sac Bee: “Several lawmakers are promoting a bill by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, that would make it a misdemeanor instead of a felony to intentionally expose someone to HIV, the virus that causes the immune system-weakening disease AIDS. The change would treat HIV like other communicable diseases under California law.
Under current law, if a person who knows they are infected with HIV has unprotected sex without telling their partner they have the virus, they can be convicted of a felony and face years of jail time. Intentional transmission of any other communicable disease, even a potentially deadly condition like hepatitis, is a misdemeanor.”

Weiner: “It’s time for California to lead and to repeal these laws to send a clear signal that we are going to take a science based approach to HIV, not a fear based approach.”

Weiner’s new legislation would eliminate testing for AIDS on people convicted of first time prostitution under the contention that transmission rates are now much lower.

Maybe the people in California are better off going across state lines.


Sac Bee: California lawmakers want to repeal HIV criminalization laws

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