Illinois’ HIV criminalization law is outdated, dangerous, and discriminatory. Under current law, people living with HIV (PLWH) face the threat of arrest, prosecution, and incarceration due to their HIV status, even if they do not transmit HIV to another person.
House Bill 1063 repeals this harmful law and modernizes how we approach this public health issue in Illinois.
HIV criminalization does not improve safety or public health in Illinois. Instead, it harms and stigmatizes PLWH, their families, and their communities. The current discriminatory Illinois law:
- Makes otherwise legal behavior – like consensual sex – illegal.
- Adds harsher penalties for ordinarily minor crimes like sharing drug injection equipment.
- Threatens PLWH with arrest, prosecution, and incarceration even if they do not transmit HIV to another person.
- Threatens PLWH with arrest, prosecution, and incarceration if they cannot prove they disclosed their HIV status.
- Provides PLWH with longer prison sentences simply because of their HIV status.
NBCSL member Representative Carol Ammons and other members of the Illinois Black Caucus joined in the sponsorhip of this bill.
State of Illinois HB 1063 ,
HB 1063: Act to Decriminalize HIV in the State of Illinois
|NBCSL Member Sponsor: Representative Carol Ammons (IL) |
Summary: HB 1063: Act to Decriminalize HIV in the State of Illinois