A new study indicates that a key compound in marijuana could be useful for more than just stimulating appetite and combating side effects of HIV medication—THC might be able to help the immune system defend itself against HIV.
Citizens and visitors alike would be fingerprinted and anyone refusing could be deported and banned from visiting for 15 years. That's the least scary thing about this dangerous law.
More than 30 states criminalize people with HIV for not disclosing their status to sexual partners. Even where there are no HIV-specific laws, charges range from assault to attempted murder to bioterrorism. The vast majority of prosecutions do not involve the transmission of HIV.
Doctors say that even if both partners have HIV, you still need to use condoms during sex to prevent superinfection. Some experts disagree. Robert M. Grant, MD, and J. Jeff McConnell, MA, from the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, help demystify the situation for us.
Giving out safer-sex educational materials to prevent HIV can send you to prison in Uganda now.
Laws that criminalize HIV in this country are so askew, one man got a 25-year prison sentence after having sex using a condom, another when his viral load was undetectible; both had close to zero chance of passing HIV, but that's not really what these outdated laws punish. They punish people who are HIV-positive for having sex without disclosing, even if they have no chance of infecting another person.
“Women with and at risk for HIV face several challenges to getting the services and information they need, including socio-economic and structural barriers, such as poverty, cultural inequities, and sexual violence, and women may place the needs of their families above their own.” — The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation fact sheet, Women and HIV/AIDS in the United States