Today (June 27) is National HIV Testing Day and there will be a truckload of press releases encouraging people to get tested for HIV. Getting tested for HIV is a good thing; knowing one's HIV status is important, both to protect one's own health as well as the health of one's partners.
But no one should get tested without also understanding the legal implications. HIV criminalization is real, it is happening all over the country and it is on the increase.
The slogan for National HIV Testing Day is "Take the Test and Take Control". That slogan rings hollow when it isn't accompanied by information about the legal risks one undertakes when getting tested. The slogan one hears in some quarters is "Take the Test and Risk Arrest"; the fear of prosecution is discouraging HIV testing.
Read the rest of Sean's article: Take The Test and Risk Arrest?