At least 35 states have laws that specifically criminalize exposing someone to HIV – even in ways that experts say carry little, if any, risk of infection. Sergio Hernandez and Steve Engelberg discuss the implications.
Harum Helmy fell through a crack created by last year’s Supreme Court decision allowing states to avoid expanding Medicaid. Now, she is among millions who earn less than the poverty level but can’t get subsidized private insurance.
People with HIV have been sentenced to years or even decades in prison for having sex without telling their partners they’re infected, even when they practiced safe sex. Are these laws a deterrent to spreading the virus or could they actually fuel the epidemic?