More Countries Are Criminalizing HIV Transmission

A report by the International Planned Parenthood Federation highlights the growing number of countries, including the U.S. that are making the spread of HIV a crime. The report points out that “in Sierra Leone, for example, this approach led to the approval of a law that explicitly criminalizes a mother living with HIV who exposes her fetus to the virus. In Egypt, merely living with HIV can lead to prosecution for crimes of ‘debauchery’.” [IPPF]

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One Comment

  • Darth Paul

    That’s sh!t. It’s one thing if you maliciously and willfully lie about your status and spread it, but to punish people for (usually government-supported) ignorance is shameful.

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