Knowingly Exposing Others to HIV No Longer a Felony in California

October 10, 2017


"But those against the bill argue that it could put others at risk."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," Republican Sen. Joel Anderson of Alpine, who voted against the bill, said.


By Lisa Maria Segarra for TIME. 10/7/17

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday that would make knowingly exposing someone to HIV a misdemeanor instead of a felony.


The law, SB 239, removes penalties that previously required someone convicted of the crime — defined as exposing someone to HIV through unprotected sexual activity if the infected person knew of their HIV-positive status at the time — to serve 3, 5 or 8 years in state prison, Fox affiliate KMPH reported.


The new law will also include those who donate blood without disclosing their HIV status to the blood bank, the LA Times noted.


Co-authors of the bill Sen. Scott Wiener and Assemblyman Todd Gloria said that people with HIV now live longer lives and can have very low chances of transmitting the virus because of advances in medicine, the Times reported.





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