HIV discrimination

Posted Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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Have you ever had a consensual one-night stand? Were you convicted, sentenced to 25 years and made to register as a sex offender? If you only knew.

Current HIV/AIDS laws are based on fear instead of science.

A Dallas homeless man was sentenced to 35 years for harassing a public servant with a deadly weapon, his saliva.

In Michigan, an HIV-positive man was charged for not disclosing his status under a bio-terrorism statute.

In Iowa, there is a statute that can jail you for kissing someone without disclosing status.

The Centers for Disease Control says that contact with saliva, tears or sweat has never been shown to result in the transmission of HIV.

The REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act of 2013 asks that no unique nor additional burdens be placed on those living with HIV solely as a result of their status.

This act requires new laws to be put in place while also calling for education on HIV and how it’s transmitted and the risks associated with it.

Investigate this issue and the proposed legislation and ask your representative to become a co-sponsor.

More widespread support is needed to ensure that these punitive and archaic laws are modified.

— Raven Jones,

Haltom City

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