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In California, It Is Now No Longer a Felony to Intentionally Infect Another with HIV

Good ol’ California.

So much of what that state does now would be funny, if it wasn’t so sad.

And downright dangerous; like this:


As reported by the Los Angeles Times, and courtesy of the California legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown, it is now no longer a felony to intentionally expose a sex partner to the HIV virus. Now, it’s just a misdemeanor.

The new law, SB 239, which takes effect January 1, 2018, is nothing short of stunning. Not only does it apply to sexual activity, but to the act of giving blood. For example, a person who is aware they are infected with HIV and donates blood without telling the blood bank of their infected status will now face only a misdemeanor charge.

State senator Joel Anderson argued against the proposed law during the floor debate, saying, “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.”

That’s putting it nicely.

Unsurprisingly, the new law has found great favor with those who promote and defend alternative lifestyles. The executive director of LGBTQ advocacy group Equality California, Rick Zbur, praises the law as being “not only fair, but…good public health,” and adding that it will be “good for all Californians.”

Utterly jaw-dropping.

By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large