TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Nov 25, 2015

The Associated Press reports that despite the Justice Department's 2014 recommendation that states eliminate most HIV-specific criminal penalties, there has been little legislative response to the recommendations. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 33 states, including Tennessee, have laws making it a crime to expose others to HIV or fail to disclose HIV-positive states. "While HIV-specific state criminal laws may be viewed as initially well-intentioned and necessary law enforcement tools, the vast majority do not reflect the current state of the science of HIV," the Justice Department said.