Not only are these laws unfairly criminalizing people with HIV/AIDS, but they also support and create an atmosphere of fear and marginalization. Laws treating saliva as a deadly weapon propagate the myth that even casual contact with someone who has HIV/AIDS can lead to infection. These myths increase prejudice against people with HIV/AIDS.
Representative Lee’s proposed legislation is a first step to correcting these discriminatory and unscientific laws. The REPEAL Act would initiate a review of all laws that criminalize people with HIV/AIDS, and provides incentives for states to look into ways to repeal or reform these laws.
Dozens of organizations, including ACLU, Center HIV Law and Policy, National Minority AIDS Council, Project Inform, Search for a Cure, and The National Association of People with AIDS have all endorsed the bill.