This Sex Act is a Crime in 34 States

Ohio Supreme Court issues its unanimous decision … 

(Andrew Welsh-Huggins, AP) The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a state law requiring HIV-infected individuals to tell partners of their status before having sex.

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Ohio is one of 34 states requiring those with HIV to disclose their infection to potential sex partners.

The court’s unanimous decision rejected a First Amendment challenge, finding that the law regulates conduct, not speech.

The state has a valid interest in curbing HIV transmission, said Justice Terrence O’Donnell.

The law’s “treatment of individuals with knowledge of their HIV-positive status who fail to disclose that status to a sexual partner furthers the state interest here,” O’Donnell wrote.

At issue was the 2015 conviction of an Ohio man for failing to tell his girlfriend he had HIV.

Thirty-four states have HIV-specific assault laws.

More than 300 people have been charged under these laws since 2008.

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