Stop the jailing of people who INTENTIONALLY transmit HIVWatch
Just a few quotes I grabbed out of the article...
Heck, hepatitis C kills three times as many people as HIV does.
Where California now has four felony offenses on the books for people who deliberately pass along the virus, Senate Bill 239 would repeal two of them and reduce two others to a misdemeanor, just like the intentional transmission of every other infectious or communicable disease.
So far, only the California Right to Life Committee has come out in opposition. Meanwhile, the list of groups in support is long, from the California Medical Association to Equality California to the ACLU.
Now the remnants of those laws are being used to marginalize a whole new group of people with HIV, many of them opioid addicts in red states spreading the virus through dirty needles. It’s time to be “compassionate,” “caring” or “tolerant.” It’s time to end the cycle.
The number of people who die from AIDS (you cannot die from HIV technically, you die from the infection, bacteria, etc caught/developed from having HIV) in 2015 was 1.1 million according to the WHO (http://www.who.int/gho/hiv/en/) so to suggest that it should not be punished is just horrendous. I don't know if it's legally possible, but I would suggest that those who are convicted of ABH/GBH via this act be further charged with manslaughter if the victm dies as a result from contracting HIV.
I don't buy the argument of "there are worse diseases" either. The fact is, you'e committed a serious crime which you should be punished for.
If someone purposely does it just to infect, then they should be punished. It leads to lifelong disabilities and will mostly likely cause premature death. Its not ok for them to get away with it