Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Criminalization of HIV transmission/exposure: A policy analysis
by Heim, Angela, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 66; 1499163
Abstract (Summary)

The HIV/AIDS epidemic has globally impacted people of all race, genders, socioeconomic class and sexual preference. It has had disastrous effects on certain regions in particular, such as Sub-Saharan Africa. The most common mode of HIV transmission is through sexual activity and a significant amount of the first identified AIDS cases were that of men who have sex with men (MSM). Given the nature of HIV transmission, and the identified high risk group (MSM) associated with the infection, this disease has been shaped with stigma and discrimination. AIDS/HIV has become not only a health issue, but also a political issue. This study will provide a detailed analysis about HIV exposure/transmission laws, specifically focusing on California Willful Exposure Law enacted in 1998. This analysis will provide a variety of perspectives regarding the effectiveness of HIV criminalization laws, as well as the impact they have had on the HIV-positive community.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Goodman, Catherine
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Law, Social work, Public policy
Keywords: California
Publication Number: 1499163
ISBN: 9781124852171
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