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Legislation advanced making knowingly spread HIV through sex without partner’s knowledge a capital crime

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Roughly 34 years after the discovery of the virus that causes AIDS, Florida’s lawmakers are considering legislation whose maximum sentence would be death to knowingly spread the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, to a sexual partner without their knowledge, according to a committee that voted favorably Monday in regard to the measure. The bill, HB 165, sponsored by Florida Rep. Kionne McGhee, would expand a current law already on the books in the Sunshine State making it a crime to…

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Florida Supreme Court rules sex is sex, no matter who’s doing it

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A law that requires someone with HIV to notify a potential sex partner beforehand applies to same-sex relationships as well as between a man and a woman, the Florida Supreme Court unanimously decided Thursday. The defendant, Gary Debaun, has been trying to have a charge dismissed under a 1986 state law designed to prevent the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus. Debaun is HIV-positive, according to records. The case, argued last February, involved the definition of “sexual intercourse.” In 2011, Debaun, a man, lied to…

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Congressional candidate Bob Poe: ‘I have HIV’

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Democratic congressional candidate Bob Poe of Orlando announced Thursday that he has HIV though he is healthy and has been so since first being diagnosed 18 years ago. Poe, a Democrat running in Florida’s 10th Congressional District, said he struggled all year trying to decide whether, when and how to come out to voters and the public that he is HIV-positive. Thursday he said he just could not live with himself keeping it secret any longer. Human immunodeficiency virus, if untreated, causes…

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U.S Senate approves Bill Nelson bill to speed search for Zika virus cure

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Four new cases of the Zika virus were reported in Florida this week, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 66.   To help prevent the disease from spreading further, late Thursday night the U.S. Senate approved a bill sponsored by Sen. Bill Nelson and others to speed development of vaccines and treatments for the disease.   “We need to figure out a way to stop the spread of this virus sooner rather than later,” Nelson said. “This bill creates an…

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Uber, (RED) join forces Tuesday to raise money & awareness for World AIDS Day

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Uber kicks off the holiday season Tuesday with an ambitious goal: an AIDS Free Generation. In celebration of the third annual World AIDS Day — December 1, also known as “Giving Tuesday” — the San Francisco-based on-demand service is partnering with AIDS charity (RED) in its mission to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV globally by 2020. Users in over 150 cities will see cars turn red in the Uber app, and will have an opportunity to add five dollars above…

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