Even though there is no risk of transmitting HIV by spitting, Missouri House Bill 1181 proposed amending state law to make spitting a felony. In response, the Positive Justice Project (PJP) issued a letter in opposition to the bill citing substantial scientific authority that such a law was contrary to established scientific understanding of the transmission of HIV and may actually deter conduct and decisions that reduce disease transmission. The hearing on the bill was subsequently cancelled.
The Center for HIV Law and Policy challenges barriers to the rights and health of people affected by HIV through legal advocacy, high-impact policy initiatives, and creation of cross-issue partnerships, networks, and resources. We support movement building that amplifies the power of individuals and communities to mobilize for change that is rooted in racial, gender, and economic justice.