Missouri youth faces stiff sentence under stigmatizing HIV criminalization law, according to an article by Olivia Ford in The Body. The article refers to the case of a Missouri college student who is facing felony charges for having sex while HIV positive, under the state's HIV-specific criminal law. The article notes that, according to resources and research made available by The Center for HIV Law and Policy, HIV-specific criminal laws do not keep people from becoming HIV positive. As the article explains, HIV-specific criminal laws punish people who take the proactive, health-affirming step of knowing their HIV status, because someone can only be prosecuted if he or she has had a positive HIV test result.
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