This resource provides a concise overview of implications of the 2012 reform of the HIV-specific criminal law in Illinois. The state of the law pre-reform is outlined, specific changes are explained, and a description of how people living with HIV (PLHIV) 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 PLHIV in Illinois, including an objective view of what did and did not change, 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.