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JAMA Commentary Opposes Criminal Punishment for HIV Exposure/Transmission
Date:8/4/2008

Prosecutions -- Help or Hindrance?" on Friday, August 8 at 9 a.m. Cameron presenting.

"Criminalization is costing lives and increasing suffering," said Cameron. "It assumes the worst about people with HIV, when a human rights-based approach would empower people and enable them to make safe, health-seeking choices for themselves and for others."

Burris argued that criminalization is simply the wrong framework for dealing with HIV. "HIV is a virus, not a crime. Public health measures that help people behave safely are effective in reducing transmission; prosecutions are not," Burris said.

For more information, or to speak to Burris, Cameron or Clayton, contact Jennifer Bilotta at 215-793-4666 or 215-206-6268 (cell).


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SOURCE Temple University Law professor Scott Burris
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