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Amendment to Defense bill would require feds to review HIV crimes
Courtesy of The American Independent
2013-06-12

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A bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would require the Department of Defense to conduct an internal review of policies and prosecutions related to military members living with HIV.

Currently the military can try service-members with HIV under a variety of charges, including failing to obey an order for having unprotected sex, not disclosing an HIV-positive status, or for aggravated assault, wherein HIV is the factor for the more serious charge.

The amendment would be the first time Congress has voted on HIV-criminalization matters since the passage of the 1990 Ryan White CARE Act, which required states to certify they had a process to prosecute deliberate transmission of HIV.

Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) are expected to introduce the amendment Thursday evening, Lee's spokeswoman, Carrie Adams, said in a phone interview.

The two lawmakers are also co-sponsors of the Repeal HIV Discrimination Act, which would push states to repeal HIV-specific statues in favor of laws that would only allow prosecution against HIV-positive persons if there is evidence of intent to infect and/or actual harm caused.

The amendment would require the Defense Department to issue a report no later than 180 days after the bill is signed into law. This report would have to demonstrate that prosecutions related to HIV exposure and transmission are based on a medically accurate understanding of the infection and treatment. It would also require the U. S. Military to review all recent prosecutions and make recommendations to improve the system to ensure that prosecutions are based on scientifically accurate risks.

These requirements match the National HIV/AIDS Strategy issued by the White House in 2010. The strategy called on states to review policies related to HIV criminalization. The United Nations Global Commission on HIV and the Law has also recommended the same thing, and the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) earlier this year unanimously approved a resolution calling for HIV criminalization to be made a priority in the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

One of the soldiers prosecuted by the military for allegations of exposure to HIV is Ken Pinkela. He was charged for an alleged incident in 2008, and was later convicted in a court martial. He is currently appealing that conviction.

In a phone interview, Pinkela said he supports the amendment, calling it "powerful."

"These prosecutions show the insanity of how we are treating people with HIV," he said.

Many HIV- and LGBT-advocacy groups support this amendment, including OutServe-SLDN, which represents LGBT military personnel and their allies.

"The amendment will protect service members and the public, as well as people with HIV, by ending the current disincentive to get tested for HIV and save taxpayer dollars by avoiding unnecessary or inappropriate prosecutions," said OutServe spokesman Zeke Stokes in an email.

See americanindependent.com/219658/amendment-to-national-defense-bill-would-require-feds-to-review-hiv-crimes .


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