Missouri Lawmakers Pass Bill Toughening HIV Laws
May 20, 2002
People infected with the virus that causes AIDS could face more prison time for exposing others to the disease, according to a bill headed to Missouri's governor. The bill, sponsored by Sen. David Klarich (R-Clayton) passed the Senate by a 28-1 vote. "This is a public safety issue," Klarich said. "This helps those who may be victims of those who have the HIV virus." Klarich also said the legislation was long overdue, since HIV cases were showing up in greater numbers since the mid-1980s. Under the bill, people who know they have HIV yet have sex without telling their partners about the disease could face five to 15 years in prison. If a sexual partner becomes infected with HIV, the punishment could be life in prison. Current law already includes a five-year prison term for people who do not tell their sexual partners about the disease.Adapted from:
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.