California Lawmakers Vote To Repeal HIV Criminalization Laws

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers have passed a bill to make punishments for intentionally infecting someone with HIV the same as for other communicable diseases.

The state Senate voted Wednesday to send SB239 to the Assembly. It would make knowingly exposing someone to HIV a misdemeanor instead of a felony.

Under current law, if a person who knows they have HIV has unprotected sex without telling their partner about the disease they can be convicted of a felony and face years in jail.

Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco who authored the bill says the current law is a relic of the decades-old AIDS scare and unfairly punishes HIV-positive people based on outdated science.

It is a misdemeanor to intentionally transmit any other communicable disease including potentially deadly diseases like hepatitis.

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  1. Why would they do this? At this point HIV/AIDS is isolated to the male gay community. They are making bad choices and endangering others. That’s a crime.

  2. The gay men community should be ashamed of themselves (not just for their anal antics) but also for not manning up to the fact that they are the reason that AIDS is such a problem for the world today.
    All they want to do is shove their message and their infected man meats into our faces and tell us that it is normal for this freakish behavior.

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