California lawmakers have handed a invoice that can make it authorized for an individual to deliberately infect someone with the HIV virus.
The state Senate voted on Wednesday to ship SB239 to Assembly. The invoice will make the punishment for somebody intentionally infecting one other particular person with HIV a misdemeanor as an alternative of a felony.
Under present legislation, if an individual who is aware of they’ve HIV has unprotected intercourse with out telling their companion in regards to the illness they are often convicted of a felony and face years in jail.
Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco who authored the invoice says the present legislation is a relic of the decades-old AIDS scare and unfairly punishes HIV-positive folks based mostly on outdated science.
It is a misdemeanor to deliberately transmit another communicable illness together with doubtlessly lethal illnesses like hepatitis.