Evaluating the impact of criminal laws on HIV risk behavior

Zita Lazzarini, Sarah Bray, Scott Burris

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Criminal law is one of the regulatory tools being used in the United States to influence behavior by persons who have HIV/AIDS. This article reports on the characteristics and prevalence of HIV-specific criminal exposure and transmission laws, and the enforcement of those laws through prosecutions during the period 1986-2001. It also examines the possible mechanisms through which criminal law influences behavior and considers how these might apply to the specific laws described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-253
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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  • Medicine(all)


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