Treatment of HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS, has grown by leaps and bounds since the epidemic was at its height in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
It’s time for our state law regarding the disease to evolve, too.
Under current California law, it’s a felony for an HIV-positive person to have unprotected sex without informing a partner about the virus. It’s also a felony for an HIV-positive person to donate blood, tissue, breast milk or organs.
Finally, those who engage in sex work while HIV positive can be charged with a special felony penalty.