This resource provides a concise overview of the implications of California's 2017 reform of its HIV-related criminal laws. The state of the law pre-reform is outlined, specific changes are explained, and a description of how people living with HIV and others could still face criminal liability is provided. Advocates nationwide are often very interested in the results of reform in states that have previously "modernized" their HIV laws, and this resource is intended to provide that information in an accessible manner. It also contains valuable analysis for Californians, including an objective view of the law as well as a sense of who remains at risk and how individuals can protect themselves from prosecution.
The Center for HIV Law and Policy challenges barriers to the rights and health of people affected by HIV through legal advocacy, high-impact policy initiatives, and creation of cross-issue partnerships, networks, and resources. We support movement building that amplifies the power of individuals and communities to mobilize for change that is rooted in racial, gender, and economic justice.