Published May, 2012
Prosecuting HIV Nondisclosure, Iowa Public Radio (February 9, 2012)
This is a link to a February 2012 Iowa Public Radio audio news story on Iowa's HIV-specific law, which criminalizes HIV "exposure" and nondisclosure of one's HIV status. The story features Donald Bogardus, an HIV-positive Iowan who faces up to 25 years in prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender for failing to tell his partner his positive HIV status before having sex. The story aptly documents the discriminatory nature of these laws, as well as the gross misunderstandings of HIV transmission that they reflect. Jennifer Harbour, a professor at the University of Iowa, speaks to the law's targeting of specific populations and its capacity to reinforce HIV-related stigma. A Des Moines-based attorney, Joseph Glazebrook, highlights the way it singles out HIV from other diseases for special treatment. Iowa Public Radio's Lindsey Moon reports.
To listen to the full story, click here.
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