SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed laws that reduces the penalty for deliberately exposing somebody to HIV.
The laws signed Friday is a part of an try by Democratic lawmakers to reverse the robust insurance policies enacted in the course of the AIDS scare of the Nineteen Eighties and ’90s.
Underneath these insurance policies, deliberately exposing somebody to HIV was a felony. SB239 reduces the crime to a misdemeanor, treating HIV like different communicable illnesses.
Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco says the harsher penalties for HIV discourage individuals from getting examined for the illness and stigmatize those that have it.
Critics say the invoice would endanger individuals.
Lawmakers final yr permitted laws permitting individuals with HIV to obtain transplants from HIV-constructive donors, reversing a ban imposed amid widespread worry concerning the illness.