The following chart compares the sentencing schemes for representative HIV exposure, non-disclosure, and/or transmission laws in the United States with laws punishing drinking and driving, reckless endangerment of others, and vehicular homicide. In comparison with HIV exposure, which often carries minimal risk, the danger posed by these crimes is similar or significantly greater. However, as the chart shows, the punishment for HIV exposure can be much more severe than those for the other crimes listed below.
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