Exposing Partner to HIV No Longer A Felony In California

Beginning on the first of January, it will no longer be a felony in the state of California to knowingly expose a sexual partner to HIV with the intent of transmitting the virus. This law also protects those who knowingly donate HIV-positive blood. For context, the previous law of knowingly transmitting HIV would carry a maximum sentence of up to eight years in prison. This includes any sexually transmitted acquirements of the virus, as well as knowingly donating HIV-contaminated blood. As of the new year, this will be a misdemeanor.