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Hiv Criminalization

Media-Driven Stigma Continues With New HIV Criminalization Case

Suraj Madoori | Posted 01.10.2015 | Chicago
Suraj Madoori

Despite the immense progress made in the battle to destigmatize HIV and end HIV criminalization laws, the mainstream media is failing to catch up and join the fight. In some cases, the media's coverage of HIV criminalization becomes the source of stigma.

The Center for Sexual Justice: How the Criminalization of the Queer Community Affects Us All

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Extein, MSW

We want to organize a community of support for queer registrants, families, friends and allies in order to lessen the trauma of life on the registry, decrease isolation and better the lives of everyone affected.

These 11 States Make It A Crime To Spit At Someone If You Have HIV

Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 05.14.2014 | Crime

In April, a Florida woman who allegedly spit on a police officer was charged with criminal transmission of HIV and jailed, according to CBS Miami. ...

When People With HIV Became Suicide Bombers

Mark S. King | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark S. King

Instead of placing responsibility on everyone having sex, Randy Shilts' 1987 book And the Band Played On portrayed people with HIV as suicide bombers. The damage, both to the truth and to the public image of people with AIDS, still reverberates today.

Support H.R. 1843: REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act

Matthew Ebert | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Ebert

A person diagnosed with a chronic, treatable medical condition should not be ruled by a different set of criminal laws.

Sex, Lies and HIV: When What You Don't Tell Your Partner Is A Crime

ProPublica | Sergio Hernandez | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Nick Rhoades was clerking at a Family Video store in Waverly, Iowa, one summer afternoon in 2008 when three armed detectives appeared, escorted him to...

Media-Driven Stigma Surrounding HIV Criminalization Case

Suraj Madoori | Posted 05.26.2013 | Chicago
Suraj Madoori

A recent arrest under an antiquated Illinois HIV criminalization law challenges how media handle sensitive information when stigma and livelihood are at stake.

Ask MISTER CARL: 'Can I Go To Jail For Not Disclosing My HIV Status?'

Carl Sandler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Sandler

HIV disclosure laws vary from state to state, with Iowa having arguably the strictest. But let's face it: You're going to have sex again, no matter what lawmakers say. You're going to have to do an honest examination of your personal ethics as an HIV-positive individual.

Think Having HIV Is Not a Crime? Think Again

Sean Strub | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sean Strub

People with HIV are not walking public health threats, despite how the law treats us. We are human beings and we are far more than the virus we carry. Laws based on ignorance, fear and shaming of people with HIV are the real danger to public health.

Criminalizing HIV Does Not Make Us Safer

Scott Schoettes | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scott Schoettes

We really need to create an environment in which people with HIV feel safe to disclose this information voluntarily to their sexual partners. The criminalization laws do nothing to foster that environment -- and, in fact, contribute to greater reluctance to disclose.

HIV Is Not a Crime... Or Is It?

Eric Sawyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eric Sawyer

HIV criminalization laws place the burden of responsibility for disclosure of HIV status and the negotiation of condom use solely on HIV-positive individuals. They absolve the HIV-negative or untested of responsibility for their own health or the health of others.

Dangerous Precedent: HIV-Positive Man Convicted for Infecting His Informed, Consenting Partner

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Phillip M. Miner

Rick says that he disclosed his HIV status, and the victim chose to engage in unprotected anal sex anyway. The victim later tested positive for HIV, blamed Rick and charged him with assault. After a one-week trial, a jury convicted him of a felony.

New Legislation Shines Light on the Criminalization of HIV

Ian Thompson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ian Thompson

There are presently 34 states that have criminal laws that punish people for exposing another person to HIV, even in the absence of actual HIV transmission or a meaningful risk that transmission could occur.