California reduces chastisement for intentionally exposing someone to HIV

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown has sealed legislation that reduces a chastisement for intentionally exposing some to HIV in California.

The legislation sealed Friday is partial of an try by Democratic lawmakers to retreat a tough policies enacted during a AIDS shock of a 1980s and ’90s.

Under those policies, intentionally exposing someone to HIV was a felony. SB239 reduces a crime to a misdemeanor, treating HIV like other catching diseases.

Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco says a harsher penalties disheartened people from removing tested for HIV and stigmatized those who have it.

Critics contend a check would discredit people.

Lawmakers final year authorized legislation permitting people with HIV to accept transplants from HIV-positive donors, reversing a anathema imposed amid widespread fear about a disease.

The check was among several pieces of legislation Gov. Brown sealed into law on Friday. Brown also vetoed several bills, including ones on cannabis edibles and a smoking anathema on state beaches and parks, CBS Sacramento reports.

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