Iowa legislators introduce HIV de-criminalization bill – The Daily Iowan

State lawmakers introduced a bill this week that, if passed, would change the human immunodeficiency virus criminalization laws in Iowa. Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center, worked extensively on the bill with Sen. Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines. “[Iowa’s criminal HIV law] was put on the books when HIV and AIDS were first coming out and little was known about it,” Sodders said. “We have more information, better drugs, and we know more about the transmission of HIV so we also need to update our law to avoid being overly punitive in cases where they don’t need to be.”