The Fine Print Blog

by Catherine Hanssens
CHLP Executive Director

ABC may think they scored with yet another salacious tale of an AIDS monster ruining the lives of innocent women, but the true story is more complex; when it comes to public education and responsible, honest reporting, they utterly failed to make the grade.

by Catherine Hanssens
CHLP Executive Director

Imagine where HIV-positive people serving time for spitting or consenual sex might be if the advocacy and funding invested in changing state HIV  laws to eliminate informed consent had instead focused on state laws that make criminals of people with HIV.

by Catherine Hanssens
CHLP Executive Director

More than a dozen town hall meetings are scheduled all across the country to "engage the public in meaningful ways," as the White House website puts it, in the development of a long-overdue national strategy to address the U.S. domestic HIV epidemic. But is this step enough? Is this opportunity for input sufficiently meaningful?

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. 

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