No one should be punished simply because they have a health condition. But in many areas of the world, laws and practices unfairly punish people living with HIV because of their HIV-positive status. In other words, people living with HIV can face criminal charges for engaging in acts that would not be considered criminal if a person who is not living with HIV engaged in them. This is often called HIV criminalization.
On this episode of A Girl Like Me LIVE for Black Maternal Health Week 2022, host Ciarra "Ci Ci" Covin chats with Black feminist attorney Mandisa Moore-O'Neal about criminalization and HIV, how HIV-specific laws and policies affect the reproductive rights of Black women, and how all this connects with criminalization of Black women's bodies, including their parenting choices, more broadly. You're not going to want to miss this important discussion!