October 2017: The Center urged its supporters to also support SB 239. We are happy to announce that due to the support from countless individuals, Governor Brown signed SB 239 into law. Thank you for helping our state modernize archaic HIV criminal laws. California’s current HIV laws were passed in the 1980s and 90s, when little was known about how HIV is transmitted, there were no effective medications, and fear of people living with HIV was extremely high. Today we know much more. SB 239 modernizes outdated and discriminatory HIV criminal laws. The law not only reduces stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV, but it allows for more accessible prevention, treatment, and education.
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