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Lambda Legal Applauds Michigan Court Ruling to Drop Bioterrorism Charge Based on Alleged HIV Status of Defendant

"Discrimination and Stigma Remain Problems for People Living With HIV Because of the Misinformation About HIV. A Court Has to Make Decisions, as It Did Here, Based on Facts Not Fear"

June 3, 2010

Detroit, Mich. -- Today, Lambda Legal applauds the Macomb County Circuit Court's decision late yesterday to drop the bioterrorism charge against a man based on his alleged HIV status.

"We are glad the Court ruled with science. Being HIV-positive does not make a person a bioterrorist," said Bebe Anderson, Lambda Legal's HIV Project Director. "Discrimination and stigma remain problems for people living with HIV because of the misinformation about HIV. A court has to make decisions, as it did here, based on facts not fear."

In October 2009, Daniel Allen was involved in an altercation in which he allegedly bit his neighbor. Mr. Allen is facing assault charges as a result of the incident, but he also was charged with violating a Michigan bioterrorism statute based on the allegation he has HIV.

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