HIV is still deadly; willingly exposing someone to it ought to remain a felony

To the editor: The primary purpose of the California law making it a felony to knowingly expose someone to HIV is to discourage evil and criminal behavior and to protect the innocent. (“Having unprotected sex without telling partner about HIV-positive status no longer would be a felony under new bill,” March 17)

Let’s be clear: HIV is still a death sentence. Yes, science has done a remarkable job of extending life spans, but HIV-positive people still can expect to die years before the uninfected. And the drugs have their own issues and side effects. Don’t ask about cost. There is still no cure — you’ve got it for life. READ MORE