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NACDL News: NACDL Is an Originating Endorser of the Consensus Statement on HIV ‘Treatment as Prevention’ in Criminal Law Reform

By Ivan J. Dominguez, Ezra Dunkle-Polier, and Alexandra Funk

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NACDL Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan Dominguez and NACDL Board Member Jo Ann Palchak, who heads a newly formed NACDL Committee — The Committee on HIV/AIDS Criminalization — worked with attorneys at the Center for HIV Law & Policy (CHLP) and others on a CHLP initiative, A Consensus Statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in Criminal Law Reform. The statement was released on July 13, 2017, with originating endorsers including the CHLP, NACDL, Treatment Action Group (TAG), the National LGBTQ Task Force, and the National Center for Transgender Equality. The statement includes the following language:

The Undersigned Agree . . . 

[R]eliance on viral load or compliance with medical treatment as a basis to reform HIV criminal laws poses dangerous consequences for those who lack access to care. It also contradicts everyone’s basic right to make health care decisions, including whether and when to get treatment, without running afoul of the criminal law.

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