IN THE LIFE INVESTIGATES LAWS CRIMINALIZING HIV AND AIDS:
Special Report On Positive Women Stigmatized & Prosecuted
February 1, 2012 - Tonight, public television stations across the country will begin airing Perpetuating Stigma,
an episode from the award-winning documentary series IN THE LIFE. This special
report investigates the injustices that arise when a person's HIV status becomes a crime, with a focus on how women have been
stigmatized and prosecuted under these laws.
Thirty-six US states and 2 US territories have laws that criminalize HIV exposure or failure by an HIV positive person to disclose
their status. Perpetuating Stigma features HIV positive women whose personal stories challenge the theory behind HIV
criminalization laws and expose the reality of their impact. Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced the "Repeal HIV
Discrimination Act" in September 2011, sparking new conversation about these laws. Congresswoman Lee says,
"Many states are very extreme; they are very right-wing in how they see people who have HIV and AIDS."
Last season, IN THE LIFE reported on laws criminalizing the exposure and transmission of HIV, focusing on the stories of positive men.
The program titled Legalizing Stigma led public education efforts, beginning with the first ever Congressional Briefing on
"IN THE LIFE's decision to continue coverage of HIV criminalization, specifically with a report on women, is motivated by the
lack of a fair media perspective on this issue," states Michelle Kristel, executive director of In The Life Media.
In The Life Media continues its coverage of HIV and AIDS discrimination online, with the web exclusive
short, Rose v. Cahee: HIV Discrimination in Medical Care. When Melody Rose was diagnosed with gallbladder disease, her
doctor told her she'd have to find someone else to treat it. The reason: Rose is HIV positive.
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ways to advance equality within, and beyond, their communities. Produced by In The Life Media, the Emmy-nominated series,
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