IL HIV Action Alliance Celebrates Approval of HB 1063 – Decriminalization of HIV – in Senate Executive Committee
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SPRINGFIELD – Today, the Senate Executive Committee voted 11 - 4 to approve House Bill 1063, which would end criminal penalties against people living with HIV (PLWH). Under current law, PLWH face the threat of arrest, prosecution, and incarceration even if they do not transmit HIV to another person. Additionally, PLWH may face longer sentences simply because of their HIV status.
“We are pleased that House Bill 1063 moved through the Executive Committee today and look forward to a full vote in the Illinois Senate. Thank you to chief sponsor Senator Robert Peters for his leadership and his dedication to this important issue,” said the Illinois HIV Action Alliance.
The statement below can be attributed to State Senator Robert Peters, Senate legislative sponsor:
“The truth is HIV criminalization does not improve safety or public health in Illinois – instead, it often has the opposite effect. Not a single study throughout the country shows HIV criminalization has reduced HIV transmission in any jurisdiction where it exists. We have also seen through the decades how HIV criminalization laws disproportionately impact women and the Black community. It is time to repeal this destructive law.”