The Fine Print Blog

by Cynthia Fernandez
CHLP Intern

While individuals convicted of prostitution in Tennessee who do not have HIV face misdemeanor charges that usually amount to a fine and probation, those living with HIV face a felony charge and an additional three to fifteen years due to their health status.

by Margo Kaplan
CHLP Supervising Human Rights Attorney

Last month, a U.S. district court judge chose to sentence an HIV-positive pregnant woman to more than double the recommended time for the sole stated purpose of keeping her in prison until she delivered. Being pregnant and having HIV are not crimes, and using imprisonment to coerce pregnant women to make the medical care choices the state thinks is best is an outrageous abuse of the system. 

by Regan Hofmann
Editor-in-Chief, POZ and

The Daily Beast
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A Canadian court has handed down the world’s first murder conviction for knowingly exposing and infecting someone with the AIDS virus. But as an HIV-positive woman, I know that the man who infected me only deserves half the blame.

by Alison Mehlman
CHLP Director of Planning & Policy Research

It appears as if some physicians in New York State feel that their time and convenience should be a primary determinant of HIV testing policy. But what has happened to patient-centered care? Should the perceived inconvenience of a health care provider trump the enforcement of necessary patient protections?

by Catherine Hanssens
CHLP Executive Director

A flurry of outraged discussion has continued in the wake of the voiced objections of Colorado State Senator Dave Schultheis to a bill, SB-179, which would, among other things, require HIV testing of all pregnant women who don’t explicitly object to the testing.


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