Today, on World AIDS Day, the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) released a new report examining HIV criminalization laws around the country, and how these problematic laws still carry penalties such as 35-year prison terms and registration as a sex offender for behaviors now proven to have no risk of transmitting HIV.
LGBT Policy Spotlight: HIV Criminalization Laws shows how, over the past 35 years, 38 states have passed laws that are outdated and don't take into account modern medical research and the reality of HIV. These HIV criminalization laws often criminalize a range of behaviors that are now known to carry no or a negligible risk of transmission. In addition, they ignore modern prevention methods and modern medical treatment, and unlike other criminal laws, they don't take into account whether someone intended to cause harm.
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