The senator also argued that the law discouraged people from getting tested for HIV in the first place because they could not be charged with a felony for exposing someone to the infection if they were never tested in the first place.
It's refreshing to see that in the eternal race between Eros and Thanatos, Eros generally comes out on top. And, that too for exposing another person to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by engaging in an unprotected sexual activity.
"With the Governor's signature today, we are helping to reduce the stigma that keeps some from knowing their HIV status and getting into treatment to prevent additional infections". The current law, Wiener argued, may convince people not to be tested for HIV, because without a test they can not be charged with a felony if they expose a partner to the infection.
Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially announced that people who are on regular viral load suppression medication can not transmit HIV to their partners, as it is maintained at undetectable levels.
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The bill was authored by state Sen.
And by decriminalizing exposing others to HIV. The risks of transmission through oral sex or other forms of bodily fluid contact are extremely low.
HIV remained the only communicable disease for which exposure was a felony in California. "It's absolutely insane to me that we should go light on this".
Wiener's office noted that the law "does not create any new criminal provisions", but rather creates "new rights within an existing structure".
"We're very serious about this reform, and moving away from this criminalization model around HIV and going to a more public health approach", Wiener said.
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He said during the debate that "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".
Anderson was not the only one who met the measure with resistance. Sen. Stone, a pharmacist, said that Democrats' arguments about those taking their medication have lower risks of spreading the virus are not so accurate.
CNN reported that Senator Jeff Stone, who voted against the bill said that 'If you don't take your AIDS medications and you allow for some virus to duplicate and show a presence, then you are able to transmit that disease to an unknowing partner, ' on the California Senate floor.
Breitbart's story about the bill, which drew more than 4,500 comments, focused on three cases, in Michigan, California and Scotland, where in each case a man had allegedly attempted to intentionally infect others.
Others in the group of more than 150 to support the bill included the California Medical Association, the district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles, the California Women's Law Center and the ACLU of California.
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