HIV Positive Californians now have little risk not disclosing to the Blood Bank or their partner that they are HIV Positive. Doing so used to be a felony in the state, but now it’s equivalent to a misdemeanor or a parking ticket.
Senate Bill 239 passed on Friday and the Bill was co-authored by Senator Scott Weiner (CA-D) and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D). This along with the Weiner-Brown team of passing the SB 219 which now allows imprisonment and fines for people who do not use the correct gender pronouns or refuse to room with the opposite gender. Click here to see the original article.
Click here to read the California SB 239 Infectious and communicable diseases: HIV and AIDS: Criminal penalties.
Instead of requiring individuals to disclose they have HIV at a Blood Bank they are basically having the Blood Bank screening ALL Blood for HIV then notifying the donor if they are positive. Click here to see the legislation.
Reported by the LA Times: Republican lawmakers including Sen. Joel Anderson of Alpine voted against the bill, arguing it puts the public at risk.
“I’m of the mind that if you purposefully inflict another with a disease that alters their lifestyle the rest of their life, puts them on a regimen of medications to maintain any kind of normalcy, it should be a felony,” Anderson said during the floor debate. “It’s absolutely crazy to me that we should go light on this.”
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(Feature Photo courtesy of Scott Weiner website)