Knowingly Exposing Others to HIV (Including Donating Infected Blood) Is No Longer a Felony in California
California has harsher penalties for LGBTQQIP2SAA “pronoun violations” than murdering people by giving them AIDS. Homosexual perverts are the new protected class.
The act of knowingly donating HIV-infected blood, also a felony now, will be decriminalized.
In the name of political correctness, it is no longer a felony in the state of California to knowingly expose another to HIV whether through intercourse or blood donations. Citizens of the state can thank state Sen. Scott Wiener for his bill which has been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. The entire purpose of the measure was to keep individuals with HIV from feeling like criminals.
Until now, it was not only a felony in California to knowingly expose someone else to the communicable disease that causes AIDS, but also knowingly concealing it when donating blood. Now, it will only be considered a misdemeanor to expose others.
“Today California took a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating people living with HIV as criminals,” Wiener said on Friday. “HIV should be treated like all other serious infectious diseases, and that’s what SB 239 does.”
Wiener thinks his bill has solved a problem for the state, according to the LA Times:
“HIV has been the only communicable disease for which exposure is a felony under California law. The current law, Wiener argued, may convince people not to be tested for HIV, because without a test they cannot be charged with a felony if they expose a partner to the infection.”
Yet, he remains confident the lighter penalty will actually lower instances of new infections:
“We are going to end new HIV infections, and we will do so not by threatening people with state prison time, but rather by getting people to test and providing them access to care.”
Now, HIV/AIDS is in the same category as herpes and hepatitis which if knowingly spread, is also a misdemeanor.
As was noted at Legal Insurrection, there were 6,721 deaths from AIDS in 2014, but “tens of thousands of new infections.” Medicine has made HIV more manageable for those that have it, however, the Red Cross still prohibits people with the disease from donating their blood.
“It’s absolutely crazy to me that we should go light on this,” said state Sen. Joel Anderson, one Republican who voted against the bill. If anything, he added, tougher penalties should be imposed.