Is Criminalizing HCV Transmission on the Horizon?
Sonia Canzater | Leave a Comment
Back when AIDS was the hot thing in the news, 33 states passed laws making it illegal for HIV-infected people to have sex without their partner’s knowledge of the individual’s HIV status. However, efforts to repeal these laws have gained momentum in recent years due to the fact that HIV is no longer considered a fatal disease.
In a surprising twist of fate, some of these efforts to repeal resulted to the broadening of these laws to include viral hepatitis, tuberculosis and meningitis. One such state to implement this in 2014 is Iowa and the latest to attempt Hepatitis C- specific legislation is South Dakota. Fortunately, the South Dakota measured failed but currently, 12 states now have criminal laws specific to hepatitis.
For more information, see: https://www.medpagetoday.com/practicemanagement/medicolegal/72471