HIV Decriminalization - Victim and advocates address decriminalizing HIV in PA

2/3rds of states in the United States have laws criminalizing or controlling behaviors through HIV-specific statutes and regulations and Pennsylvania is one of them (source: SERO Project HIV Criminalization BrochureSERO Project HIV Criminalization Fact Sheet). A hearing on October 6 at 9:30 a.m. in Harrisburg in room 418 Main Capitol examined these laws and the serious consequences they create for Pennsylvanians living with the virus. 

Hosts + Testifiers: 

  • Hosted by: Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, Vice Chair Mary Isaacson and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee 
  • Testimony by:  
    • Julie Graham, Cumberland County resident and HIV criminalization survivor 
    • Adrian Shanker, executive director, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center 
    • Steven Bryson, SERO Legal Fellow, AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania 
    • Michelle Troxell, Pennsylvania Co-Chair, Positive Women's Network USA

Agenda + Testimony

Media Release + News Coverage

Hearing Video + Photos