H.R. 1843, the Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal (REPEAL) HIV Discrimination Act, was introduced on May 7, 2013 by U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.). S.1790 was introduced on December 10, 2013 by U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.). The bill addresses the serious problem of discrimination in the use of criminal and civil commitment laws against those who test positive for HIV, and provides incentives for states to explore repeal or reform of laws and practices.
This Toolkit provides advocates with resources that can be used in outreach efforts to your members of Congress. Advocates can use this toolkit as a guide for letter writing campaigns, calling your representative's state and Washington D.C. offices, or meeting with your representative or the representative's legislative staff.