U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Report Addresses Need to Modernize HIV Criminal Laws

A report prepared by the Appropriations Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives accompanying the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2014, addressed the need to modernize HIV-related criminal laws to be “consistent with current medical and scientific knowledge and avoid imposition of unwarranted punishment based on health and disability status.”  The report asked the U.S. Attorney General to review HIV criminalization laws, and “to make best practice recommendations to ensure such policies do not place unique or additional burdens on individuals living with HIV/AIDS and reflect contemporary understanding of HIV transmission routes and associated benefits of treatment.”