This letter was sent by the Steering Committee of the Positive Justice Project to the leadership and membership of the Rhode Island General Assembly’s House Committee on Judiciary in response to proposed legislation to criminalize people living with HIV who know their HIV status but do not disclose that status to sex or needle-sharing partners. House Bill No. 5245 would make convicted persons serve up to 15 years in prison. The bill was scheduled for a hearing in the Judiciary Committee on February 24, 2015.
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