LOS ANGELES — California laws that criminalize people living with HIV have directly affected 800 people from 1988 to June 2014, according to state-level criminal offender record information from the California Department of Justice obtained by the Williams Institute. The state outcomes suggest that national HIV criminalization rates may be much higher than currently estimated.
NEW YORK, NY, November 25, 2015 – The Time to Act is Now. That's the U.S. government's theme for World AIDS Day 2015, this Tuesday, December 1. In the spirit of acting now, The Center for HIV Law & Policy (CHLP), in collaboration with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), is releasing its Grassroots Guide to HIVCriminalization: Facts, Foolishness, and Solutions.
While plenty needs to be done to stay on track for achieving an AIDS-free generation, advances in medical science have dramatically improved the medical outlook for people living with HIV. Instead, it's the social and legal reality of living with HIV that most desperately needs addressing.
World AIDS Day 2015 comes at a watershed moment in the fight for the health of people living with HIV and for the health of all the citizens of this planet. The two are intimately related: HIV has, for the last three decades, defined the landscape of ambitious, collaborative and innovative responses that marry science, rights, community-based responses and structural change. Ultimately, these responses can be leveraged to improve health everywhere, but only if we continue to make real progress in battling HIV.
LOS ANGELES — Charlie Sheen's recent revelation that he's HIV-positive served as a reminder that his home state of California remains among a large group of states with HIV-specific criminal laws that activists consider outdated and that the U.S. Justice Department says should be revised.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 33 states have HIV criminal laws, generally making it a crime to expose others to HIV or fail to disclose HIV-positive status, but that New Mexico is not among the states with HIV-specific criminal laws.
Alison Duke's film, Consent, examines the activism and impacts of the 2012 Canadian Supreme Court decision
By Chris Dupuis
Canadian laws around HIV non-disclosure are, in a word, contentious. An HIV-positive person who fails to disclose their status prior to certain sexual activities can be charged with aggravated sexual assault; a category reserved for the most heinous of crimes, which normally involve a severe beating, stabbing or other life threatening injury.