Saturday, 3 March 2012

New HIV-specific Criminal Law

Interesting news coming out of Maryland, USA. Lawmakers in the Maryland legislature are considering legislation which will change the state’s HIV-specific criminal law from a three-year misdemeanor to a 25-year felony.  The move appears to be prompted by a perception that people have been 'let off lightly' by the courts.  As across the globe, law is being used as an instrument to a dress issues f disclosure, consent, knowledge and even race.  This move is ill-advised but we'll see what happens.  The growing and deepening criminalisation of HIV is a vital issue that remains all-too-silent.  These ongoing developments in North America are worrying.

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