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Who Is Most at Risk for Prosecution Under HIV Criminalization Laws?

Part of's "Word on the Street" Series

June 26, 2014


Who Do You Think Is Most at Risk for HIV Prosecution Under HIV Criminalization Laws?

HIV criminalization laws of course affect anyone living with HIV. But, who do people at the HIV Is Not a Crime Conference think is most at risk for prosecution under these laws and statutes? We spoke to a few conference attendees about how injustice plays out in the real world.

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Comment by: Robert (FL) Sat., Aug. 9, 2014 at 8:32 pm UTC
1) Granted, there is shared responsibility regarding sex, but if one person withholds important information... * Do we want a sexual seatbelt law? How can/would that be enforced w/o enacting George Orwell?
2) regarding needle sharing, when one breaks the law, aren't they automatically accepting the consequences? The same holds true for prostitution. (in my legal interpretation)
3) we cannot qualify the virus as a deadly weapon, even though it can (and occasionally is) used as such, w/o some ugly segregation (ie can't take a deadly weapon into a bar, a school, a courtroom...)
4) One thing about HIV criminalization... such a law would REQUIRE scheduled/frequent testing of ALL citizens, regardless of "at risk" populations. Otherwise, it would remain entirely unenforceable. Either way, it would require a constitutional amendment (altering the 4th amendment, with possible implications regarding the 6th, 7th, and 8th). But, in that case, the 2nd amendment c/would be the hero of the day. This all stinks of a potential "license to..." law (hello Orwell).

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Comment by: DAVID W VALLETTE (REYNOLDSBURG,OHIO) Sun., Jul. 27, 2014 at 2:41 pm UTC
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Comment by: smoks sneeze (nigeria) Tue., Jul. 15, 2014 at 8:36 am UTC
hello, in my own oppinion i e like to say hiv is not a crim ,becouse if it was every body has ever being into it .
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