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    Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California

    Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday that lowers from a felony to a misdemeanor the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the infection.
    The measure also applies to those who give blood without telling the blood bank that they are HIV-positive.
    Modern medicine allows those with HIV to live longer lives and nearly eliminates the possibility of transmission, according to state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), authors of the bill.
    “Today California took a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating people living with HIV as criminals,” Wiener said in a statement. “HIV should be treated like all other serious infectious diseases, and that’s what SB 239 does.”
    Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California - LA Times

    Just secede already.
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    Scott Wiener is an idiot. People with HIV are not criminals. People who knowingly expose others to an incurable disease are criminals.
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    There have been several cases where people have done this intentionally to hurt others. People need to protect themselves and really know the people they are engaging in sex with. I guess Charlie Sheen is off the hook now. These days, even tho it is not romantic, ask for recent blood work when you meet someone new and don't do anything until you know them well and insist on a condom. With what we know now about HIV transmission, there should not be any new cases at all.
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    Why limit the crime to only HIV? Why should it not be a crime to knowingly expose another person to any potentially deadly disease -- and why should California be the only state to institute such a law?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    Why limit the crime to only HIV? Why should it not be a crime to knowingly expose another person to any potentially deadly disease -- and why should California be the only state to institute such a law?
    Mr. Swimmer,

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    Supporters of the change said the current law requires an intent to transmit HIV to justify a felony, but others noted cases have been prosecuted where there was no physical contact, so there was an argument intent was lacking.


    HIV has been the only communicable disease for which exposure is a felony under California law. The current law, Wiener argued, may convince people not to be tested for HIV, because without a test they cannot be charged with a felony if they expose a partner to the infection.

    “We are going to end new HIV infections, and we will do so not by threatening people with state prison time, but rather by getting people to test and providing them access to care,” Wiener said.

    Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California - LA Times

    It's still would be a misdemeanor btw.

    The things that people get upset about this days

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    I'm sure you would be just fine with a kid getting HIV from someone who knew they were positive but didn't tell. No Biggie giving a kid a permanent disease and potential death sentence in your book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HCProf View Post
    There have been several cases where people have done this intentionally to hurt others. People need to protect themselves and really know the people they are engaging in sex with. I guess Charlie Sheen is off the hook now. These days, even tho it is not romantic, ask for recent blood work when you meet someone new and don't do anything until you know them well and insist on a condom. With what we know now about HIV transmission, there should not be any new cases at all.
    The measure also applies to those who give blood without telling the blood bank that they are HIV-positive..... This is insanity
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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    From the link:

    Supporters of the change said the current law requires an intent to transmit HIV to justify a felony, but others noted cases have been prosecuted where there was no physical contact, so there was an argument intent was lacking.


    HIV has been the only communicable disease for which exposure is a felony under California law. The current law, Wiener argued, may convince people not to be tested for HIV, because without a test they cannot be charged with a felony if they expose a partner to the infection.

    “We are going to end new HIV infections, and we will do so not by threatening people with state prison time, but rather by getting people to test and providing them access to care,” Wiener said.

    Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California - LA Times

    It's still would be a misdemeanor btw.

    The things that people get upset about this days

    smh..
    Would you be upset if you contracted AIDS from someone knowingly contaminating the blood supply?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    From the link:

    Supporters of the change said the current law requires an intent to transmit HIV to justify a felony, but others noted cases have been prosecuted where there was no physical contact, so there was an argument intent was lacking.


    HIV has been the only communicable disease for which exposure is a felony under California law. The current law, Wiener argued, may convince people not to be tested for HIV, because without a test they cannot be charged with a felony if they expose a partner to the infection.

    “We are going to end new HIV infections, and we will do so not by threatening people with state prison time, but rather by getting people to test and providing them access to care,” Wiener said.

    Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California - LA Times

    It's still would be a misdemeanor btw.

    The things that people get upset about this days

    smh..
    What about the cases such as this:

    Man pleads guilty to hiding AIDS diagnosis from multiple women - Story | WJBK

    30 States agree with felonious charges when a person with known HIV status intentionally infects another. I am surprised that California would pass a bill like this, even tho HIV stats are declining, they still report a abnormally high number of cases .

    California 2nd in U.S. annual HIV infections, but number continues to decline | abc7.com

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