The harms of HIV criminalization: responding to the ‘association of HIV diagnosis rates and laws criminalizing HIV exposure in the United States’
As academics, advocates, including people living with HIV, we are writing to welcome the findings, recently published in this journal, suggesting the ineffectiveness of invoking the criminal law as a tool of HIV prevention . Using the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, Sweeney et al. searched for correlations between rates of diagnosis of HIV (2001–2010) and AIDS (1994–2010) and the presence of state laws that criminalize so-called ‘HIV exposure’. In 30 states that had such laws, Sweeney et al. found ‘no association between HIV or AIDS diagnosis rates and criminal exposure laws across states over time’.