Intentionally Infecting Someone with HIV is No Longer a Felony in California

Intentionally Infecting Someone with HIV is No Longer a Felony in California

California is irredeemable. Evacuate while you can — public safety is no longer a priority for its government (if it ever was).

On Friday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a new bill that would reduce yet another crime's severity. The law affects any person that intentionally infects another person with the HIV virus, reducing the penalty from a felony to a misdemeanor.

From the LA Times:

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday that lowers from a felony to a misdemeanor the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the infection.

The measure also applies to those who give blood without telling the blood bank that they are HIV-positive.

Modern medicine allows those with HIV to live longer lives and nearly eliminates the possibility of transmission, according to state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), authors of the bill.

“Today California took a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating people living with HIV as criminals,” Wiener said in a statement. “HIV should be treated like all other serious infectious diseases, and that’s what SB 239 does.”

In true leftist form, Wiener attempts to misdirect from the disgusting nature of SB 239. Living with HIV is not a crime. Intentionally infecting someone with the disease is.

Since 2015, rape and sexual assaults have been on the rise throughout California. According to FBI statistics, nearly 40% of those arrested for murder, manslaughter, robbery, aggravated assault — and of course, rape, were black.

Why is this significant? Although blacks make up less than 6% of California's population, the rate of black males living with an HIV diagnosis is 2.5 times that of white males.

In 2014, Prop 47 reduced non-violent felonies to misdemeanors. A person that drugged a victim before raping them would be considered to have committed a 'non-violent' crime. Two years after that, Prop 57 was passed, making imprisoned sex offenders eligible for early release. With nearly 30% of California's prison population consisting of blacks, this does not bode well for public safety.

Bear in mind that these statistics do not account for the rapes perpetrated by the remainder of non-black individuals. Statistics place the bulk of HIV-infected individuals at 38.6% Hispanic or Latino and 38.5% White. You can expect these rates to rise at an alarming rate in the years to come thanks to Governor Brown.

Supporters of the change said the current law requires an intent to transmit HIV to justify a felony, but others noted cases have been prosecuted where there was no physical contact, so there was an argument intent was lacking.

Brown declined to comment on his action.

HIV has been the only communicable disease for which exposure is a felony under California law. The current law, Wiener argued, may convince people not to be tested for HIV, because without a test they cannot be charged with a felony if they expose a partner to the infection.

“We are going to end new HIV infections, and we will do so not by threatening people with state prison time, but rather by getting people to test and providing them access to care,” Wiener said.

Supporters of the bill said women engaging in prostitution are disproportionately targeted with criminal charges, even in cases where the infection is not transmitted.

Republican lawmakers including Sen. Joel Anderson of Alpine voted against the bill, arguing it puts the public at risk.

“I’m of the mind that if you purposefully inflict another with a disease that alters their lifestyle the rest of their life, puts them on a regimen of medications to maintain any kind of normalcy, it should be a felony,” Anderson said during the floor debate. “It’s absolutely crazy to me that we should go light on this.”

Anderson said the answer could be to extend tougher penalties to those who expose others to other infectious diseases.

With each new bill passed, public safety becomes less of a priority and more of a matter of convenience. California is no longer a place for the law-abiding — it is a safe haven for criminals, particularly the most toxic ones. Keith Allen must wish he were in California right now:

Stay alert. Stay alive.

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