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Crime Prosecuted Passing Hiv To Someone Else

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Prevention or Prosecution?

On May 24th, Queerocracy, a NewYork City grassroots organization,held a community forumon HIV criminalization at theLGBT Center. Entitled "Prosecution vs.Prevention", it highlighted the many abusesthe U.S. criminal justice system appliesto people... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Texas AG Abbott Issues Opinion Allowing Prosecution of People Involved in Bexar County Needle-Exchange Program

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) on Monday issued an opinion saying that three advocates involved in an effort to launch a needle-exchange program in Bexar County, Texas, "appear to be subject to prosecution" for possession of drug... Read more »
AIDS Survival Project

Crime and Punishment

I was infected with HIV in June of 1993. I have a vivid recollection of this incident and I knew, perhaps instinctively at the time, that I had been infected. I just knew. Six months later, I sat in a claustrophobic, closet-sized room at the Atlanta... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Is failing to disclose my HIV status a crime even if we use condoms?

Is it against the law not to disclose your status the person you're engaging in sexual acts as long as you're taking the appropriate preventative measures (ie, on medication and using protections, etc.)?...
Christa Douaihy, Esq.

Response from Christa Douaihy, Esq.

Member, City of NY Bar Association Committee on AIDS
Dear Writer,Thank you for the question. The answer really depends on your state. In a jurisdiction where "exposing" someone to HIV is "criminalized" by way of a specific legislative act or through targeted prosecutions under... Read more »

What caused me to start committing crimes?

I was diagnosed with HIV in 1990 and in 1997 I had full blown aids. I recovered but things got real bad again last year. Up until two years ago I'd been a law abiding citizen most of my life and now I'm facing prison time for first time...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
Thanks for writing. Such behaviors are, of course, extremely serious. HIV-related disorders of the central nervous system (which include HIV dementia, HIV encephalopathy, HIV-associated dementia and HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder) can... Read more »

Crime Scene Safety class

What is the biggest hazard to a crime scene investigator, Hep c or HIV and why? ...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Risk in this profession would be determined by whether there was any risk of a needlestick. I would suspect that this risk would be very low. After a needlestick exposure, the risk of hepatitis C is greater than HIV. This has been demonstrated in... Read more »

"How soon is HIV contagious?" Possibility of passing HIV to baby through casual contact?

Dear DoctorsWhen you are exposed to HIV, how long does it take to became contagious? Is it immediately? About an hour after a violence where the aggressor even stung me with a syringe, I kissed my baby on the mouth without thinking about it because...
Erik Glenn, M.A.

Response from Erik Glenn, M.A.

Chicago Black Gay Mens Caucus
Thanks for your question,It's hard to answer when exactly someone would become contagious. But in the situation you're describing I'm more curious about your risk and how you <i>wouldn't</i> be able to pass it on... Read more »
Connect With Others

Criminal transmisson of HIV is prosecutable!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
If you think non disclosure is non prosecutable you have not been reading the news lately, a man recently got 22 years in Washington DC for not disclosing his status, a man on west coast was being tried for life inprisonment for same offenses, in... Read more »

Worried about criminal prosecution PLEASE help

Posted by dmb147, 5 Replies
I just told someone who I had unprotected sex with about 24 hours ago that I am positive and she is freaking out, I am very worried about being prosecuted. Couple things:
I live in NYC
I didn't cum/orgasm
I asked her for a condom and she didn't... Read more »

Can he be prosecuted?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I had a close call two weeks ago, I had oral sex both giving and receiving to a man I later found out was postive. I was just tested and I am negative, but now there is a waiting game for the next three to six months. I am reasonably confident that... Read more »

Is it really a crime?

Posted by LadyLuck, 2 Replies
I have been having sex with a man since the second week of Jan, of course unprotected, on March 1, 2011 I found a filled prescription dated Dec18, 2010 for a HIV medication. I confronted him and he said they gave him the medication cause he got... Read more »