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Report: Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California

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California’s governor, Jerry Brown, on Friday signed a law that lowers the penalty for exposing partners to HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor, which includes those who donate blood without informing the center about their HIV status.

 

“Today California took a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating people living with HIV as criminals,” Sen. Scott Wiener, D.- San Francisco, told The Los Angeles Times.

 

Exposing a person to HIV was treated more seriously under California law than infecting someone with any other communicable disease, a policy some lawmakers said was a relic of the decades-old AIDS scare that unfairly punishes HIV-positive people based on outdated science.

 

Under the old law, if a person who knows they are infected with HIV has unprotected sex without telling their partner they have the virus, they can be convicted of a felony and face years of jail time. Intentional transmission of any other communicable disease, even a potentially deadly condition like hepatitis, is a misdemeanor.

 

“These laws were passed at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic when there was enormous fear and ignorance and misinformation around HIV,” Wiener earlie said. “It’s time for California to lead and to repeal these laws to send a clear signal that we are going to take a science-based approach to HIV not a fear-based approach.”

 

Republican lawmaker, Sen Joel Anderson, reportedly voted against the bill.

 

“I’m of the mind that if you purposefully inflict another with a disease that alters their lifestyle the rest of their life, puts them on a regimen of medications to maintain any kind of normalcy, it should be a felony,” Anderson said, according to the paper.

 

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/10/10/report-knowingly-exposing-others-to-hiv-will-no-longer-be-felony-in-california.html

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Exposing a person to HIV was treated more seriously under California law than infecting someone with any other communicable disease

 

HIV shouldn't be treated differently than other diseases, but this was the wrong way to go about it. Exposing another person to any disease should be considered a felony.

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I've been waiting to hear in the news some sort of justification to lessen a penalty for a known attempt of transmission of such a disease. This is a heinous act, if done in knowing, and should be punishable by earthly consequence. As for a science based approach, I'm not certain that it has to be in contrast to the "fear based approach" in that there should be a science based approach while still offering a great deterrent to those who knowingly transmit this disease.

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