That’s right: If you sleep with someone without telling them about your HIV status, that’s grounds, in many cases, for a prison sentence. Just hope you’re not in one of 28 states that considers HIV exposure a felony: You could end up serving more than 20 years.
Criminalization, Payne-Foster says, can undermine prevention because it adds to the stigma that prevents people from being open about the virus in the first place.
Attorney Scott Schoettes, the HIV project director at the civil rights non-profit Lambda Legal, agrees.
But only 37 percent of the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV are being treated, according to a 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The goal should be really to get people into treatment and get their viral loads down,” says Pamela Payne-Foster, the deputy director of the Institute for Rural Health Research.
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