This resource provides a concise overview of the implications of Washington's 2020 reform of its HIV-related criminal laws. The state of the law prior to June 2020 is outlined, various changes are explained, and a description of how people living with HIV (PLHIV) could still face prosecution is provided. Advocates nationwide are very interested in how specific states have reformed their HIV laws, and this resource provides that information regarding Washington in an accessible manner. The page also contains valuable analysis for Washingtonians, including an objective view of the law today as well as a sense of who remains at risk and how PLHIV 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.