Knowingly infecting someone with HIV is now a misdemeanor in California, not a felony

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California Governor Jerry Brown announced that he has signed SB 239: the law changes the punishment for intentionally infecting a person with HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Before SB 239, it was a felony punishable by imprisonment for 3, 5, or 8 years in the state prison to expose another person to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by engaging in unprotected sexual activity when the infected person knows at the time of the unprotected sex that he or she is infected with HIV.

But SB 239 will repeal those provisions. The law instead makes the intentional transmission of an infectious or communicable disease, as defined, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than 6 months.

Click here to read the bill

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