The Criminalization Of Knowingly Transmitting AIDS



Table of Contents
Brief history of AIDS and the criminalization of knowingly
transmitting it.......................................3
Interviews concerning the issue............................4
Reasons for the criminalization of knowingly transmitting
AIDS..................................................5
Reasons against the criminalization of knowingly
transmitting AIDS.....................................7
My position and conclusion.................................8

Brief History of AIDS and the Criminalization of Knowingly Transmitting It

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the Human
Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The virus was discoverd ...

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used, in this case, by a HIV positive person.)

The criminalization of intentionally spreading AIDS has been a big
issue recently, and still remains so. As of September, 1991, legislation
criminalizing AIDS transmission has been passed in 24 states. Among these
states are California, Idaho, Ohio, Missouri, Michigan, and South Carolina.
Under these current laws, it is a crime to knowingly transmit the virus
through sex, sharing needles, donating infected blood, organs, or skin
tissue.

The first person to go to court under these laws in Michigan was
Jeffrey Hanlon. Hanlon was a gay man who infected another man from
Michigan while he was in New York. The American Civil Liberties Union, who
agreed to take the case, agrued that the AIDS disclosure law is
unconstitutional. Privacy of those with AIDS is what they were worried
about. Opponents argued that "they're [those with AIDS] killing people.
It's like rape." The maximum sentence Hanlon could have recieved was ...

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crime. We should look into that." However, nothing was proposed at the
time.

Former President Ronald Reagan called for "routine" AIDS testing of
prisoners, marriage license applicants, immigrants, and possibly some
hospital patients. His purpose was only to identify carriers of the
disease; no comment concerning the criminalization of the transmission of
AIDS was made.



Reasons for the Criminalization of Knowingly Transmitting AIDS



There are not many reasons for the criminalization of knowingly
transmitting AIDS. However, they are very convincing arguments.

The first and one of the most convincing arguments is because it will
help stop the propogation of the ...

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