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HIV Criminalization: Science Alone Is Not the Solution Img
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HIV Criminalization: Science Alone Is Not the Solution

"While science is one useful tool in combating HIV criminalization, we must avoid suggesting that these discriminatory laws have any kind of underlying legitimacy," Arpita Appannagari and Kate Boulton write.

A 'Justice' Kavanaugh Would Be a Nightmare for People Living With Disabilities, Including PLHIV Img

A 'Justice' Kavanaugh Would Be a Nightmare for People Living With Disabilities, Including PLHIV

"There are plenty of reasons why LGBT people and people living with HIV should be horrified at the prospect of a Justice Kavanaugh," writes Catherine Hanssens, the founder and executive director of The Center for HIV Law & Policy.

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Map: HIV Criminalization in the United States

This U.S. map identifies states differentiaties between (1) with HIV-specific criminal laws; (2) those that apply increased penalties for underlying sex crimes; and (3) those with general felony laws that have been used to prosecute people living wit...

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A Moment of Outrage With a Silver Lining

Betty Price's comments about HIV spark backlash while her committee quietly issues a well-reasoned critique of Georgia's HIV criminal laws.

The 2017 Modernization of California's HIV Criminal Exposure Laws: What Did It Do, Who Will It Affect? Img
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The 2017 Modernization of California's HIV Criminal Exposure Laws: What Did It Do, Who Will It Affect?

This analysis looks at the revised infectious or communicable disease law, the scope of the Health and Safety Code's "Willful Exposure" provision, and the elimination of the unfair impact of the law on sex workers.

Ohio Supreme Court Rules to Uphold Outdated and Unscientific HIV Criminalization Policies Img
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Ohio Supreme Court Rules to Uphold Outdated and Unscientific HIV Criminalization Policies

Under Ohio law, it is felonious assault -- a second-degree felony -- for a person who knows they are HIV positive to have sex without first disclosing their status to their sex partner.

Michael Johnson Bypasses Trial, Enters No-Contest Plea and Is Sentenced to 10 Years for Not Disclosing HIV Status to Male Sexual Partners Img
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Michael Johnson Bypasses Trial, Enters No-Contest Plea and Is Sentenced to 10 Years for Not Disclosing HIV Status to Male Sexual Partners

In conclusion to a prosecution short on fairness and riddled with questions about racism and homophobia, Michael Johnson entered a plea in the St. Charles County Circuit Court in Missouri.

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New Sourcebook on HIV Criminalization in the United States Released

The Center for HIV Law & Policy has released a new publication that catalogues and analyzes state and federal HIV criminal laws in the United States.

How to Talk About HIV Criminalization With Elected Officials, Media and Others Img
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How to Talk About HIV Criminalization With Elected Officials, Media and Others

Ignorance is one of the main drivers of HIV criminalization. Make sure that you not only understand the legal aspects of HIV criminalization, but also the basic facts about HIV.

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Missouri v. Johnson: A Fact Sheet and Case Timeline

An up-to-date rundown of the recent developments in the Michael Johnson HIV criminalization case.