In many states, people living with HIV can still be (and are) arrested and prosecuted for consensual sex, biting, spitting, or scratching, according to a series of articles on HIV criminalization featured in The Atlantic and BuzzFeed. The articles note that The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) has documented and monitored dozens of HIV criminalization cases across the country, and explain that Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act in the U.S. Senate to change the way many state laws regard people living with HIV. In connection with this proposed legislation, CHLP created a toolkit for advocates that can be used in outreach efforts with elected officials.
The Center for HIV Law and Policy is a national resource and advocacy organization working to advance the rights of people affected by HIV. We combine an online HIV Policy Resource Bank, a creative national advocacy agenda, and case assistance focused on systems and institutions with significant impact on marginalized communities.