US: New bill would repeal Minnesota’s criminal statute on HIV exposure and transmission

HF 267, a bill that would repeal Minnesota’s criminal penalties for “transmission of a communicable disease from one person who knowingly harbors the agent to another”, has been introduced on January 11 and will be sent to the House’s Public Safety Committee for debate.

Current Minnesota law makes it a crime to knowingly engage in behaviour deemed to be a possible mean of transmission of a communicable disease via sexual intercourse, blood, sperm, organ or tissue donation, or sharing of needles or syringes for the purpose of injecting drugs.