Psychologists Support Legislation to Fight HIV Discrimination

APA continues its work focused on laws that criminalize certain behaviors by HIV-positive persons


APA mobilized members of the Public Policy Advocacy Network (PPAN) to urge their senators to co-sponsor the Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal (REPEAL) HIV Discrimination (S. 1790). Introduced by Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del., this important legislation addresses the serious problem of federal, state and local laws that criminalize certain actions by HIV-positive persons. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., and Barbara Lee, D-Calif., introduced the bill (H.R. 1843) with bipartisan support in the House of Representatives in May 2013. The legislation aims to reform current HIV criminalization statutes, which undermines health initiatives focused on screening, prevention and treatment. 

APA has a history of supporting this issue. To participate in these ongoing efforts to inform policy through scientifically-based research, please consider joining the APA Public Policy Advocacy Network.