Public health experts, including the American Medical Association, are calling for an end to so-called HIV criminalization laws, which require people with HIV to disclose their status to sexual partners, IV drug users, and other specific groups.
The thought behind these laws is that they deter HIV positive people from spreading the virus. But today’s treatment regimens can bring the virus down to near undetectable levels in some patients, and many critics of disclosure laws say they create a culture of fear among the HIV positive population.
We’ll talk to health and policy experts about efforts to reform HIV laws, and we’ll hear about a “one-stop-shop” model implemented at an HIV treatment center in Indianapolis, designed to offer a host of services for those in need.
Produced by Drew Daudelin.
Reporter, WOSU in Ohio
Associate Professor of Sociology, IUPUI School of Liberal Arts
Staff Attorney, Center for HIV Law and Policy
President, Damien Center
Prevention Program Manager, Damien Center