Any followers from California? How do you feel about this? Or even if you’re not from California, please tell me your thoughts. I’m not sure how to feel.
California updated its HIV laws on Friday, as Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that downgrades the crime of intentionally infecting a sexual partner with the virus from a felony to a misdemeanor.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the bill was authored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), as today’s advances in the field of medicine now allow people with HIV to live longer, with a greatly reduced risk of transmitting the virus to someone else. Furthermore, the lawmakers emphasized that the change in California’s HIV laws would allow for the state to treat the virus like other serious infectious diseases.
“Today California took a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating people living with HIV as criminals,” read a statement from Wiener.