Governor signs bill to decriminalize intentional transmission of HIV

Intentionally infecting someone with HIV will no longer specifically be a crime under Illinois law. This is after Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation into law that eliminates the crime of intentional transmission of HIV.

Under previous law, if someone had HIV and engaged in sexual activity with another individual without protection, donated their blood, or supplied drug paraphernalia to another person, they would have been guilty of a Class 2 felony that carried a potential penalty of 3 to 7 years in prison. To be charged with the crime, the individual had to have known that they were infected with HIV.

Senator Bryant voted against the legislation, stating that he believes it is clearly a dangerous precedent to remove criminal penalties for someone who purposely infects someone with HIV.

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