Coons to change laws surrounding AIDS

By Carl Kanefsky 1:11pm, November 26, 2013
Delaware Senator Chris Coons says several states have laws on the books that discriminate against people living with AIDS, and he plans to change that.

When the Senate reconvenes next month, Coons will introduce a bill that would require an interagency review of federal and state laws that punish certain actions by people living with HIV.

Coons says 32 states have criminal statutes based on perceived exposure to HIV, regardless of the actual risk of transmission, and 13 states have laws that criminalize certain acts, like spitting, by people with HIV/AIDS, even though it is not possible to transmit HIV by saliva.

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