In Missouri, someone who is HIV-positive could be convicted of a felony if they are found to have exposed a partner to the disease without that individual’s knowledge or consent. Missouri is not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 19 states have laws that require people to disclose their HIV-positive status to sexual partners, and 12 states require disclosure to needle-sharing partners.
Far too many people face HIV and AIDS disclosure laws that perpetuate stigma and questionable prosecutions rather than promote positive public health outcomes.
- Missouri State Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis)
- Jannis Evans, State of Missouri/Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of HIV, retired
- Devin Hursey, advocate for public health and people living with HIV