Contact your representative in Congress and urge them become a co-sponsor of the REPEAL HIV DISCRIMINATION ACT, introduced in March of 2015 by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA). 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. 1586, REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act Outreach Toolkit. This 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.”
Dear Rep. (Insert your member’s name here),
I am writing to ask you to co-sponsor H.R. 1586, the REPEAL HIV DISCRIMINATION ACT, introduced by U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA). 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.