HIV criminalization can have unintended consequences for individual and public health. In a recent commentary on BET, Kellee Terrell makes important points about the potential impact of laws criminalizing HIV that are being implemented in several US states. See the entire article HERE.
And what’s worrisome is that these laws don’t really protect HIV-negative folks. Instead they continue to stigmatize the HIV community, deter people from getting tested and unfairly prosecute innocent people living with HIV/AIDS.
But what’s really worrisome are the messages these laws send to HIV-negative folks like myself. They tell us that we are not responsible for our own health, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
If you want to remain HIV-negative, you have to make a conscious effort to do so.
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