California Passes Bill Decriminalizing Purposely Exposing Others to HIV

It is a crime in most states of the union to knowingly expose someone to HIV.

Most states.

But there is one who is tipping over the edge of reality and sanity.

Yes, and if you guessed it, it’s that frequent bad actor, California.

According to the LA Times, on Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that lowers to a misdemeanor rather than a felony the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the infection.

The law also applies to those who donate to blood banks as well, who don’t tell the bank of their HIV status.

Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) argued this was a great step to not ‘criminalize’ people having HIV.

The authors of the bill echoed that thought.

State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) argue that modern medicine has reduced the risk of transmission.

“Today California took a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating people living with HIV as criminals,” Wiener said in a statement. “HIV should be treated like all other serious infectious diseases, and that’s what SB 239 does.”

Of course, the Democratic politicians are being a bit deceptive as no one was saying that having HIV is a crime.

It was the knowingly spreading it that was.

And this bill now decriminalizes it.

But if, in fact, the incidence of transmission is so low, then why not simply share the information with your partner or the blood bank?

The problem isn’t having HIV, the problem is being deceptive about it to sexual partners or blood banks for reasons that can only serve the actor and potentially injure the person lacking the knowledge.

The purpose behind this law is to encourage people to get tested, Weiner said.

“We are going to end new HIV infections, and we will do so not by threatening people with state prison time, but rather by getting people to test and providing them access to care.”

Republican lawmakers including Sen. Joel Anderson said that it put the public at risk.

If you purposefully inflict another with a disease that alters their lifestyle the rest of their life, puts them on a regimen of medications, it should be a felony, Anderson argued. “It’s absolutely crazy to me that we should go light on this.”

Social media weighed in, with people from both sides of the aisle decrying the decision.

It’s almost beyond belief that people could pass this bill.

But then again, it is California…

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