Published February, 2014

Fact Sheet on H.R. 1843/S.1790, REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act, AIDS United, Center for HIV Law and Policy, and partner organizations (2014)


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. This bill also creates incentives and support for states to reform existing policies that use the criminal law to target people living with HIV for felony charges and severe punishments for behavior that is otherwise legal or that poses no measurable risk of HIV transmission.


This fact sheet summarizes the bill's goals and significant provisions.

To sign on as an endorser of the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act, please email [email protected]

Organizations and noted individuals that endorse the bill are:

A Family Affair


ACT UP Philadelphia

ACT UP/San Francisco

ADAP Advocacy Association

AID Atlanta

AIDS Action Baltimore

AIDS Action Committee of MA


AIDS Alabama


AIDS Clinical Trial Unit, University of Washington (ACTU)

AIDS Community Research Initiative of America

AIDS Education Global Information System

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

AIDS Healthcare Foundation

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago

AIDS Legal Referral Panel

AIDS Project Los Angeles

AIDS Resource Alliance, Inc.

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin

AIDS Task Force (Sumter, SC)

AIDS Treatment News

AIDS United



Alder Health Services

American Academy of HIV Medicine

American Academy of HIV Medicine

American Medical Student Association

American Psychological Association

Angel Life -We Live Advocate Youth of Colors

Aniz Inc.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

Baltimore Black Pride, Inc

Baltimore Student Harm Reduction Coalition

Beacon Center For Infectious Disease Ryan White Program

Behavioral Health Services

Belle Reve

Best Practices Policy Project

Black AIDS Institute

Black Leadership Commission on AIDS Detroit

Boulder County AIDS Project



Cascade AIDS Project

Cascade AIDS Project

Center for Health and Gender Equity

Center for HIV Law and Policy

Center for Women Policy Studies

Center on Halsted

CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

Children's Place Association

CHOW Project

Christie's Place

Christine A. Yared, Attorney

CitiWide Harm Reduction

Colorado AIDS Project

Colorado Organizations Responding to AIDS (CORA)

Community AIDS Resource and Education Services (CARES)

Community Healthcare Network

Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa Network

Community Information


Dab the AIDS Bear Project

Drug Policy Alliance

Eastern Virginia AIDS Network

Equality Maryland

Family and Medical Counseling Service

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC)

Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC)


Georgia Equality

Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS

Harlem United

Harm Reduction Coalition

Harm Reduction Sisters


Hepatitis, AIDS, Research Trust

Hermans Place 4Men's Health & Wellness

HIV and the Aging

HIV Justice Network

HIV Law Project

HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA)


HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA)

HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two (HAART)

HIV/AIDS Alliance of Michigan

HIV/AIDS Resource Center

Housing Works

Howard Dental Center

Human Rights Campaign

Hyacinth AIDS Foundation

Idaho Advisory Council on HIV & AIDS (IACHA)

INA Foundation

International Women's Health Coalition

Iris House

Jabril World Institute

JRV MAJESTY Productions

L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

Ladies of Charity

Lambda Legal

Latino Commission on AIDS

Legacy Community Health Services

LifeLinc of Maryland

Lifelong AIDS Alliance

Marin AIDS Project

Miami Valley Positives for Positives

Michigan Positive Action Coalition (MI-POZ)

Minnesota AIDS Project

Missouri AIDS Task Force

Moveable Feast


MUSC/Lowcountry AIDS Services Consumer Advisory Board

Nashville CARES

National Advocates for Pregnant Women

National AIDS Housing Coalition

National Alliance for HIV Education and Workforce Develop (NAHEWD)

National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)

National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc.

National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA)

National Council of Jewish Women

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund

National Latino AIDS Action Network (NLAAN)

National Minority AIDS Council

National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC)

National Women and AIDS Collective (NWAC)

New Jersey Association on Correction

New Mexico Consumer Advocacy Coalition

New York Harm Reduction Educators

Nightsweats & T-cells Co.

North Carolina AIDS Action Network

Ohio AIDS Coalition, a Division of AIDS Resource Center Ohio

Okaloosa AIDS Support & Informational Services, Inc. (OASIS)

OLB Research Institute


P-Thinks, Inc

Pacientes de Sida pro Politica Sana

People Of Victory

PeterCares House

Pierce County AIDS Foundation

Positive East Tennesseans

Positive Impact, Inc.

Positive Mind & Body Support Group Network

Positive Opportunities, Inc.

Positive Women's Network - USA (PWN-USA)

Positively Speaking

Positively U, Inc

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Project Inform

Public Law Center




Red Ribbon Project

Rocky Mountain CARES

Rural Women's Health Project

Ryan White Medical Providers Coalition

Saint Louis Effort for AIDS

Salvadoran American National Network

San Antonio AIDS Foundation

Scarlett Umbrella Southern Art Alliance

Sero Project

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)

Southern AIDS Coalition, Inc.

START at Westminster

Street Works

Test Positive Aware Network

Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN)

The ACCESS Network, Inc.

The AIDS Institute

The Global Network of People Living with HIV, North America (GNP)

The Los Angeles Times

The Philadelphia Center

The Queer Caucus of the National Lawyers Guild

The Well Project

The Women's Collective

Thursday's Child of LI

Tin Pan Alley Productions, Imc.

Transgender Law Center

UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Unity Fellowship of Christ NYC

Until There's A Cure Foundation


Valley News

Visual AIDS

Voice of People

Wateree AIDS Task Force

Wellness AIDS Services

West House, Inc.


Young Activists Against Aids

Alex LaVerne

Alexander di Mauro

Alison Roxby, MD

Amy Allina

Andrew Novak

Andrew Velez

Ann Bagchi

Anna Forbes, MSS

Anselmo Fonseca

Anthony Tafoya

Armando Perez

Braden C. Baker

Brett Ferney Jr

Brett Gautreaux

Brian Lee

Brian O'Gary

Carl Erickson

Cassandra Warren

Chelsea Guerrero

Christopher Duffley

Cicely Richard

Craig Smith

Daniel McCarey

David Plunkett

David Scondras

Devra Densmore

Doug Wirth

Douglas Rose

Eileen Ehlers

Encke King

Eric DeVore

Eric Myser

Eric Serxner

Erik Streeter

Erik Volz

Erika Sugimori

Eva Lozano

Floriane Lefebvre

Gary Paul Wright

Gary Smith

Gary Vrooman

Geof Worcester

Glen Sharp

Greg Andresen

Gregory Wolff

Hennessy Joseph

Henrieese Roberts

Ivy McClelland

Jacinto Astiazaran

Jack Johnson

James Andrick

James Curry

James Dagostino

James Greco

James Komar

James Reinke

Jamie Tafoya

Jason Tafoya

Jeff Allen

Jennifer M Weishaar

Jennifer Poore

Jimmie D.Samuels

Jody Barnofsky

John DeCristofaro

John Earl

John Harrison

Johnnie Davis

Johnny Lane

Jorge Sanchez

Joseph Annino

Joseph Colas

Julie Fitch

Kenneth Jones

Kenneth Pinkela

Kent Sack, MD

Kevin Sitter

Larry Deck

Laura Markle Downton

Lee Jewell

Levern Jackson

Lily Dobson

Lloyd Solis

Madelyn Holzman

Marcelo Maia

Margo Friend

Marjorie G. Jones

Mark Kinzly

Marla Francisco

Matthew Franck

Matthew Graber

Maxime Angel

Mayon Sylvain

Meghan O'Malley

Melissa Knighton

Michael Edwards

Michael Madden

Michael Waite

Mina Madani, MPH

Muhammad Salaam

Nanette Kazaoka

Nathan Solomon

Nick Rhoades

Olga Irwin

Oscar Torres

Pastor Willie J. smith

Paul Feldman

Penny DeNoble

Peter Davidsen

Peter Thorsett

Raul Posas

Rebekah Horowitz

Rene Pierre Lafreniere

Rick L. Doerring

Rob Newells

Robert Ferguson

Robert White

Roger Cunha

Ruben Ruben

Ruben Ruben

Ryan Gosselin

S B Andrews

Sandra Esqueda

Sara Tousinezhad

Scott Dillard

Serita Agnew

Shivani Thaker

Spencer Price

Stan Nethercott

Stefanie Alexander

Steve Hemraj

Steve Jackson

Steven Crandall

Sue Smith

Suzanne Miller

Tamara Oyola-Santiago

Terri Gardner

Theresa Galvin

Thomas Keane

Tod Harding

Trish Petty

Ursula Blanc

Vishwas Pethe

Wanda Brendle-Moss

Willi Rechler

William Mcmillan