US: Thoughtful criminalisation discussion on US radio

On Monday, National Public Radio included a thoughtful and relatively balanced 30 minute discussion about the criminalisation of HIV transmission in the US and Canada. You can hear the discussion here.

Participants included Jon Wells, who interviewed Johnson Aziga for The Hamilton Spectator (and who provides some further insights into Mr Aziga); Regan Hofmann, editor-in-chief of POZ Magazine, who eloquently, subtly, and patiently, explained why many of these prosecutions (but not that of Mr Aziga) are wrong; and Jonathan Turley, professor of public interest law at George Washington University who blogs about the law. In the interview, he explains how so many of poorly-written HIV-specific US state laws came to be – a late 80s reaction to the myth of ‘patient zero’; fascinating.