Gov. Pritzker signs bill ending criminal penalties for people living with HIV

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a new law today that decriminalized spreading HIV.

The new policy officially repeals a law that was passed back in 1986.

There have been eight people so far who were convicted since the law was enacted. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago said eighty have been charged in total, but for that foundation, the new law is just as much about breaking a stigma.

“With the stroke of the governor’s pen today, people living with HIV can now breathe a sign of relief knowing that our medical condition will no longer be criminalized,” said Timothy Jackson, Director of Government Relations for AIDS Foundation Chicago.

The governor also signed a series of other bills on Tuesday that allow couples to change gendered language and names on marriage certificates. Health care coverage will also be extended to infertility treatment for same sex couples under the new law.

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