HIV Criminalization Laws and Policies Promote Discrimination and Must be Reformed, Position Statement, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), 2014

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HIV Criminalization Laws and Policies Promote Discrimination and Must be Reformed is a position paper prepared by the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), a professional organization of nurses that “advocates for public health policy grounded in evidence, human rights and the delivery of socially just health care.” Adopted by the ANAC Board of Directors and released to the public on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2014, the statement outlines a strong position against the criminalization of HIV status and calls for the reform or repeal of all State and federal laws, policies, regulations and statutes to ensure that they are based in scientifically accurate information, and for the repeal of punitive laws that single out HIV or any other communicable disease.

Citing growing support for the Positive Justice Project's National Consensus Statement on the Criminalization of HIV in the United States calling for the end of such laws and the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) resolution on Ending Federal and State HIV-Specific Criminal Laws, Prosecutions, and Civil Commitments, ANAC says there is  mounting consensus for the need to reform criminal law treatment of HIV and other infectious diseases.  

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