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"Repeal HIV Discrimination Act" to Be Introduced in U.S. Senate Addresses HIV/AIDS Criminalization

December 10, 2013

This article was reported by Fusion.

Fusion reported this week about a new bill to be introduced to the US Senate that will encourage the review of state laws on HIV criminalization. Thirteen states have laws that make biting or spitting a felony if the perpetrator has HIV, although CDC stated years ago that HIV cannot be transmitted via saliva. Additionally, 32 states and two territories have other laws pertaining to transmitting HIV between people.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) will introduce the "Repeal HIV Discrimination Act" next Monday. It is the same bill that Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) introduced last May. The legislation will encourage state governments to analyze laws that were put into place in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, which bill supporters claim were based on fear.

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