In April 2017, the journal AIDS pre-released an article by researchers from the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The article describes findings from their study assessing the relationship between laws criminalizing HIV exposure in the United States and diagnosis rates for HIV and AIDS. The research “suggest[s] these laws have had no detectable HIV prevention effect in the United States.” This research is especially significant because it comes from researchers at CDC, the nation’s most important public health agency, and can serve as a useful tool to support anti-criminalization advocacy.
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