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Today, New York’s legislature passed an essential bill - A.10500-C/S.8450-C - to protect the confidentiality of contact tracing information and prohibit access by law enforcement and immigration enforcement. Sponsored by the chairs of the Senate and Assembly Health Committees, Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, this bill helps ensure that contact tracing achieves its public health goals and is not weaponized against communities of color.
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.
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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