State Statutes Dealing with HIV and AIDS: A Comprehensive State-by-State Summary (2004 Edition)

October 2004
Law & Sexuality: A Review of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgende;2004, Vol. 13, p1
Academic Journal
Nine years ago, when Sara Goldstein and Karen Wishnev first prepared the state-by-state summaries of statutes dealing with HIV and AIDS, the statistics regarding the pandemic were already grim. By 1993, more than 360,000 people in the United States were reported diagnosed with AIDS. At the end of 2002, the Centers For Disease Control estimated that 886,575 people were living with HIV/AIDS in the United States and through the same period, estimated that 501,669 people had died from AIDS. While these numbers continue to be staggering, the good news is that in the United States, with the advent of new treatment protocols, HIV/AIDS has moved from an absolute death sentence to often a chronic disease. Nevertheless, a vaccine has remained elusive and even in light of substantial education efforts, the number of persons infected continues to increase. As a result, these comprehensive state-by-state summaries of HIV and AIDS related legislation remain as useful as they were when the journal "Law & Sexuality" first published them in 1995.


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