The State of California finally signed a bill, reducing the crime of knowingly exposing someone to HIV, from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Knowingly Infecting Someone With HIV Law Downgraded
The bill, SB239, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Friday, also covers blood donors who did not disclose to a blood donation center that they are HIV-positive.
The original state law, decided in 1988, that somebody who donated blood while knowingly HIV-positive could be punished with up to six years in prison, followed ten years later by an amendment making it become a felony to have unprotected sex with the intent of transmitting HIV to a partner. This new legislation will lower jail time to a maximum of six months.