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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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Allen West: Charlie Sheen’s HIV is attracting ISIS militants

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Allen West is poking fun of Charlie Sheen’s HIV positive status writing that it “may help ISIS recruitment.” Yes, you read that correctly. Mr. Right Wing politician-turned pundit blowhard thinks a dude contracting a terrible illness is reason for more radical extremists to hop on over to the Islamic State. “He has spent millions on drugs and prostitutes – and hush money to keep this news private, but today decided to share it with the entire world,” West wrote on…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.9.15 — Obama to de-list Cuba from terrorist list?

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Good morning — greetings from Tallahassee. Among the many, many items that the Legislature worked on yesterday was a resolution in the House condemning President Obama’s overture to Cuba, including a mandate that the White House not even think about having a Cuban consulate anywhere inside the Sunshine State. That’s certainly not the sentiment among the locals in Tampa. When the Florida Senate voted on a similar measure earlier this session, only Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner dared say anything in…

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Bill aimed to make HIV testing easier passes Senate committee

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A bill that would make it much easier for doctors to test patients for the HIV virus made its way through a Florida Senate committee on Wednesday. The measure (SB 512) is sponsored by Orlando Democrat Geraldine Thompson. She said it would eliminate paperwork that “burdens doctors” when they test in a health screening, such as for glucose or diabetes. The patient would have the prerogative to opt out if they did not want to be tested. The Florida Hospital…

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