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At the close of a Pride Month marked by historic demonstrations calling for the end of racial hate and discrimination, join New York Advocates for Sexual Health (NYASH) in calling out ignorance about sexual health that creates health barriers for many New Yorkers. The Center for HIV Law and Policy, Prevention Access Campaign, US PLHIV Caucus, Hetrick-Martin Institute, SMART, National Black Leadership Commission on Health, Callen Lorde and HEAT are joined by health professionals and community leaders in support of a bill proposed by Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal that would require a course in essential elements of sexual health common to every New Yorker as a condition of health professional licensing and continuing recertification.
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This resource is a detailed but concise snapshot of the federal and state laws used to prosecute people living with HIV (PLHIV) including sex workers, viral hepatitis and other sexually transmitted diseases. The chart provides a much-needed national perspective on the variety of laws and range of penalties used to criminalize stigmatized diseases and identities in the military, and in all U.S. states and territories.
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Proposed Public Health and Public Safety Pathways for Criminal Justice System Responses to COVID-19 contains principles and recommendations for a public health-oriented approach to COVID-19 and has become increasingly relevant in light of increased arrests--including those of protesters across the nation--that are stifling efforts to maintain social distancing, reduce jail populations and use cite and release policies. Click for more.
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Local and national civil rights groups, public defenders and public health officials demand New York State lawmakers pass legislation that prevents law and immigration enforcement access to COVID-19 contact tracing information.
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A group of national organizations convened by the Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) and led by CHLP and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys developed this set of pathways for how criminal justice professionals can incorporate public health principles into their response to COVID-19, and maintain these approaches going forward to improve community health and safety.
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On Thursday, May 21, CHLP's Amir Sadeghi appeared in the webinar Examining Black Women's Health at the Intersection of HIV, IPV, and the Criminal Legal System. The webinar was hosted by the Missouri HIV Justice Coalition and Reproaction and featured a conversation with educators and advocates on the impact of HIV and HIV stigma on Black women's health and well-being.
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CHLP Staff Attorney Jacob Schneider on how the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the urgent need to reform juvenile justice for the tens of thousands of young people involved in our juvenile justice and child protective system.
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This resource for community advocates provides a timeline describing the repeals and reforms to HIV criminal laws in the seven states that have made the most significant changes to their laws since 1994, including Texas, Illinois, Iowa, Colorado, California, North Carolina, Michigan and Washington.
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The PJP Update has the latest news on HIV criminal law reform efforts across the country...with legislative action taking place in several states...as well as national news and criminal case updates.
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The rapid spread of COVID-19 has quickly pushed New York City and many other cities in the United States to the precipice of an unsavory

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A webinar presented by The Center for HIV Law and Policy and the Positive Justice Project Advisory Group on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 to assess the best practices of reform and advocacy work, to connect together and reinforce the urgency of social movements.
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On October 28, 2019, CHLP, AIDS United and The Well Project submitted written comments to express continued support for HIV testing protocols that recognize the vital importance of strong protections of patients’ rights to clear, oral notice of and consent to HIV testing.
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On October 15, 2019, CHLP presented a webinar entitled Is HIV Molecular Surveillance Worth The Risk?

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CHLP joins Slate.com/Outward’s Stonewall50 special issue exploring the legacies that shape queer life today.
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A NY Post op-ed explains why changing NY law to permit HIV testing without even verbal notice to the patient is a very bad idea.
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Updated May 2020! A resource for lawyers and community advocates outlining punitive laws, policies, and cases affecting PLHIV in all 50 states. It may be used as an aid for attorneys of PLHIV prosecuted for “HIV exposure” or non-disclosure of HIV status, as well as for advocates who want to reform the HIV criminal laws in their state.
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The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) and the National LGBTQ Task Force are pleased to announce the release of an exciting new resourc

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CHLP has compiled information on HIV laws in every state as they relate to HIV-specific criminal laws, guidelines for health care workers with HIV, youth access to STI testing and treatment, and HIV testing.

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Criminal Law, Other Infectious Diseases
Blog Post | Posted on July 13, 2020
Blood, Tissue, Organ, and Semen Donation, Criminal Law, Sex Offender Registration, Sex Work, Stigma
Resource | Posted on June 23, 2020
Criminal Law
Blog Post | Posted on June 23, 2020
Confidentiality and Disclosure, Immigration, Other Infectious Diseases, Racial Justice
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Blood, Tissue, Organ, and Semen Donation, Criminal Law, Sex Offender Registration, Sex Work, Stigma
Resource | Posted on June 23, 2020
Criminal Law
Resource | Posted on April 22, 2020
Criminal Law
Resource | Posted on December 5, 2019
Blood, Tissue, Organ, and Semen Donation, Criminal Law, Sex Offender Registration, Sex Work, Stigma
Resource | Posted on June 23, 2020
Criminal Law
Resource | Posted on April 22, 2020
Criminal Law, Other Infectious Diseases
Blog Post | Posted on July 13, 2020
Criminal Law
Blog Post | Posted on June 23, 2020
Confidentiality and Disclosure, Immigration, Other Infectious Diseases, Racial Justice
Blog Post | Posted on June 16, 2020
Confidentiality and Disclosure, Criminal Law, Testing and Informed Consent
Blog Post | Posted on September 12, 2019
Testing and Informed Consent
Blog Post | Posted on June 27, 2019
Testing and Informed Consent
Blog Post | Posted on May 21, 2019
Criminal Law, Human Rights
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