In many states, people living with HIV can still be (and are) arrested and prosecuted for consensual sex, biting, spitting, or scratching, according to a series of articles on HIV criminalization featured in The Atlantic and BuzzFeed. The articles note that The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) has documented and monitored dozens of HIV criminalization cases across the country, and explain that Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act in the U.S. Senate to change the way many state laws regard people living with HIV. In connection with this proposed legislation, CHLP created a toolkit for advocates that can be used in outreach efforts with elected officials.
CHLP fights stigma and discrimination at the intersection of HIV, race, health status, disability, class, sexuality and gender identity and expression, with a focus on criminal and public health systems. As part of this work, we support movement building that amplifies the power of individuals and communities to mobilize for change rooted in racial, gender and economic justice. We do this through legal advocacy, high-impact policy initiatives, and creation of cross-issue partnerships, networks, and resources.