HIV Criminalization as a Reproductive Justice Issue: Dispatches from the South

There are presently 32 states that have laws that punish people for exposing another person to HIV, even in the absence of actual transmission. Research shows that rather than preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, laws that criminalize HIV/AIDS status stigmatize people living with HIV/AIDS, and, in some cases, actively discourage people from getting tested and knowing their status. Presenters will share their own experiences as HIV-positive advocates on the front lines of fighting HIV criminalization laws in the South. They will engage participants in strategizing to fight these and other laws that target folks based on the condition of their bodies.


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