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Amendment to House Appropriations Bill Addresses HIV Criminalization

July 19, 2013

HIV is not a crime. Criminalizing it is.

On Wednesday the House Commerce, Justice, and Science Committee added an amendment to their appropriations bill that would address HIV criminalization. The amendment would require the Attorney General to review existing laws and legal cases, and to make recommendations to protect people with HIV from unjust criminalization laws. The amendment was offered by Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and is similar to provisions contained in their REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act bill introduced earlier this year. See information below about how to ask your Representative to co-sponsor the REPEAL Act!

Information about the manager's amendment, which included this provision, can be found here.

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This article was provided by AIDS United. It is a part of the publication AIDS United Policy Update. Visit AIDS United's website to find out more about their activities and publications.
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