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Overview of the HIV criminalization issue.

Sean provides an overview of the issue and stated a number of reasons why these statutes and prosecutions are a problem and may be leading to further spread of HIV. He discussed how many of the HIV nondisclosure statutes came to be as a result of the first Ryan White Care Act. The first Ryan White Care Act contained recommendations from Reagan's AIDS Commission. Fortunately, subsequent versions of the Ryan White Act deleted these provisions. Also, Sean shared with attendees the recent case of a man who had been personally impacted by these laws. Although, there was mutual consent between the two adults to engage in sexual activity and HIV was not transmitted, he spent time in prison and is now required to register as a sex offender. Mind you, this individual did not transmit the disease and there was consent. Sean concluded his presentation by informing the group that the National HIV/AIDS Strategy included language addressing criminalization.

Sean Strub, Senior Advisor, Center for HIV Law and Policy
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