By Shaun Murphy
In the state of California, it is a crime to knowingly transmit an STD (sexually transmitted disease) to another person. There are three laws with regard to individuals who have HIV. The consensus is that this legislation needs to be tougher, and strictly enforced.
Willful Exposure Crimes
The state law addresses willful exposure. It’s a crime in California for a person who has an infectious, communicable, or contagious disease, of any kind, to expose himself or herself to other people. Furthermore, if you allow a person that you know is infected, to be exposed to others, you are also guilty of a crime under the California Health and Safety Code section 120290. It is a misdemeanor offense, punishable by law.
Tissue Donation of Affected Individuals
Donation of tissue, and any other bodily materials is a crime, if performed by an individual who is knowingly infected with the HIV virus. He, or she would be guilty of a felony offense, if they were to donate any type of bodily materials, including tissue, breast milk, or semen. This crime is covered under the California code, section 1621.5.
Sexual Activity Crimes by Affected Individuals
Engaging in unprotected sexual activity, with the knowledge that you are infected with the HIV virus, is a crime in California. It is a felony offense if your specific intention is to infect another person, by engaging in unprotected sexual activity for that purpose. This is in the code, in section 120291.
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The California Health and Safety Code goes into more detail. For more information, contact our Palm Springs personal injury attorney to discuss your potential case.