Our Guiding Principles for Modernizing Indiana Laws that Criminalize HIV
Modernizing HIV criminal laws is preferable to full repeal in Indiana.
A model law must include:
- Criminal intent to transmit and conduct likely to transmit HIV.
- Punishment proportionate to the actual harm.
- No new crimes or increased penalties for any other disease.
- Must exclude diseases that are airborne/casually transmitted.
- Must reflect modern HIV science
- We also aim to remove stigmatizing language in the law.
IC= Indiana Code; IC-16 refers to Health Code IC-35 refers to Criminal Code
Indiana has submitted several House Bills during the past years to help educate and bring awareness to representatives about the issues surrounding Indiana HIV laws.
Select the year on the left to view past Bill efforts.
HEA1182-2020 eliminated stigmatizing and outdated HIV science language in the public health code and made HIV-related science updates.
HB1325-2019 Aimed to eliminate stigmatizing language, make HIV-related science updates, repeal and modernize two outdated HIV criminal codes (Did not pass