The Planned Parenthood Federation has released a report regarding the growing number of countries who are enacting laws that outlaw spreading HIV.
Wired PR News.com –As reported by the Associated Press, some health officials have expressed concerns that the actions might pose problems for AIDS prevention initiatives, and contribute to increases in the number of cases.
On a global scale, more than 30 million people have been stated to be infected with HIV, with an estimated three million new cases occurring every year. Those who question the benefits of the laws that criminalize spreading HIV, have been stated to fear that the impact would mean a lowered number of infected individuals reporting their health status, and forced testing for the disease.
There are currently 58 nations with laws that make spreading HIV a crime. As quoted of IPPF HIV advisor Kevin Osborne, and co-author of the report, “The criminal law is a blunt instrument… If you put everyone in prison with HIV, then you think you’ve controlled it. But you haven’t dealt with the issues around the intimate behaviors that spread HIV.”