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US: Florida State Senate Committee Supports Public Health Measure To Modernize HIV Laws (Press Release)

March 22, 2017

Press release from the Sero Project Tallahassee March 22, 2017 The Florida HIV Justice Coalition today applauded members of the Florida State Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee for voting unanimously yesterday in favor of Senate Bill 628. SB 628 will modernize … More

US: HIV Court Nightmare Ends For Olympian Darren Chiacchia (Press Release)

February 20, 2017

Photo by Bob Carey HIV Court Nightmare Ends For Olympian Darren Chiacchia, Ocala, FL – 2/19/17 2004 Olympic medalist, 2003 Pan American Games gold medalist, and 2004 Rolex Kentucky CCI**** victor, Darren Chiacchia of Ocala, FL and Springville, NY, has … More

US: Republican Senator highlights Florida’s “archaic” HIV-specific criminal law, advocates for law reform in 2017

March 13, 2016

Last Thursday, March 10th Senator Rene Garcia introduced an amendment in the Florida Senate to an amendment of a bill he was co-sponsoring (SB 314) to highlight the damage done to the HIV response by the state’s overly broad HIV … More

US: Dying daughter released from Florida jail following spitting conviction – UPDATE

January 5, 2011

Update: January 5 2011 The Bilerico Project reports today that The Florida Parole Board met in an emergency meeting this morning to hear Betsie’s case. The board approved a conditional medical release in a 2 to 1 vote; Betsie is … More

US: Miami man gets 15 years in prison for biting cop

August 27, 2009

A 35 year-old man with mental health issues, and characterised as a “drifter”, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison “for threatening to kill with his illness then biting a Miami cop.” If this case doesn’t exemplify HIV-related ignorance … More

US: Florida woman accused of HIV exposure

May 9, 2009

A woman from Florida has been arrested (and named and shamed) for not disclosing that she was HIV-positive before having sex with three men. She is charged under Florida’s HIV disclosure law for every time she had sex with the … More

US: Florida woman guilty of mother-to-child HIV transmission

October 28, 2008

In what appears to be the first successful case of a criminal prosecution for mother-to-child transmission of HIV in the US (a Canadian woman was prosecuted under similar circumtances in 2006), a Florida woman has been sentenced to two years’ … More

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