Lee’s Bill to Fight HIV/AIDS Discrimination

 Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced legislation on September 23rd to address the serious problem of discrimination in state criminal and civil laws against those who test positive for HIV.  The bill creates incentives and support for states to reform existing policies that use legal authority to target people living with HIV for felony charges and severe punishments for behavior that is otherwise legal or that poses no measurable risk of HIV transmission.  
 “Laws that place an additional burden on HIV-positive individuals because of their HIV status lag far behind the medical advances and scientific discoveries in the fight against the epidemic,” said Congresswoman Lee.  “Instead of progress against the disease and protection for people living with HIV/AIDS, criminalization laws breed fear, discrimination, distrust, and hatred.”