HIV Criminalization

TitleHIV Criminalization
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBoxall, SF, Funke, MB, Funke, RD, Myers, GA, Potthast, A
Date Published09/2013
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
KeywordsBIOETHICS , Criminal Justice , Criminal Justice Ethics , Law , MEDICINE , Social Justice
AbstractIn January of 2013 Representative Lela Alston introduced a bill in the Arizona House of Representatives that would make it a felony to knowingly expose someone to HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases without their consent. Alston introduced the bill after hearing the story of one of her constituents who had a partner that did not disclose a sexually transmitted infection. However, HIV criminalization laws have recently come under attack by public health advocates who say that these laws are counterproductive in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Opponents say that these reinforce negative stereotypes of HIV/AIDS and can discourage individuals from being tested since in many states testing positive for HIV/AIDS makes one subject to criminal statutes for exposing others.
NotesCase from the 2013 Regional Ethics Bowl. Copyright, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.
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