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It's time to repeal these laws, use science-based approaches to reduce HIV transmission (instead of fear-based approaches), and stop discriminating against our HIV-positive neighbors." SB 239 updates California criminal law to approach transmission of HIV in the same way as transmission of other serious communicable diseases.It also brings California statutes up to date with the current understanding of HIV prevention, treatment and transmission.He brings with him not just a wealth of experience but also a great deal of compassion and dedication, all wonderful qualities to have in someone who plays such an important role in shaping how we do our job.
“These laws are disproportionately used against women and people of color, and fuel stigma, violence and discrimination,” said Naina Khanna, executive director of the Positive Women’s Network - USA.
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For a small organization with huge goals, that’s always appreciated.
The organizations are part of Californians for HIV Criminalization Reform (CHCR), a broad coalition of people living with HIV, HIV and health service providers, civil rights organizations and public health professionals dedicated to ending the criminalization of HIV in California.
San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy also attended the announcement.
These laws were based on fear and on the limited medical understanding of the time.