Contact your representative in Congress and urge them become a co-sponsor of the REPEAL HIV DISCRIMINATION ACT, introduced in May of 2013 by both, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-R). The legislation requires a review of federal and state laws, policies, and regulations concerning criminal prosecution for HIV-related offenses. This is now made easy with the H.R. 1843, REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act Outreach Toolkit. This H.R. 1843 Outreach Toolkit provides you with resources that can be used in outreach effort to your state’s representatives.
Message from Rep. Lee: “These laws are based on bias, not science. We need to make sure that our federal and state laws don’t discriminate against people who are living with HIV. These laws breed fear, discrimination, distrust, and hatred, and we’ve got to modernize them. That’s exactly what this legislation would do.”
Message from Rep. Ros-Lehtinen: “I’m pleased to co-sponsor this bipartisan bill that will help end the serious problem of discrimination in criminal and civil cases against those who are HIV positive. Singling out and discriminating against those living with HIV is not in line with our American values and we must do better. The legislation seeks to modernize our current outdated laws and bring them into the 21st century. I urge my Republican and Democrat colleagues to join Barbara and me in helping those persons living with HIV live as healthy and normal a life as possible.”
Dear Rep. (Insert your member’s name here),
I am writing to ask you to co-sponsor H.R. 1843, the REPEAL HIV DISCRIMINATION ACT, introduced by both, Rep. Barbara Lee and Rep. Ros-Lehtinen. Criminalizing people with HIV drives stigma and discourages people at risk from getting tested for HIV or accessing prevention and treatment services.
These discriminatory statutes were passed at a time when much less was known about the real routes and risks of HIV transmission. I hope you will consider becoming a co-sponsor and ending this insidious form of discrimination.