HIV-positive sexual disclosure bill heads to Senate

First Published      Last Updated Mar 06 2017 01:56 pm

The House voted 55-15 to approve a bill that would make it a class A misdemeanor for an HIV-positive individual to fail to disclose their status to a sexual partner.

Rep. Justin Fawson, R-North Ogden, sponsor of HB369, said the bill enhances the penalty for a sexual crime committed by a HIV-positive individual and creates a new crime for someone engaging in consensual sex without disclosing the infection. He said such activity is "reckless endangerment."

The House passed the bill with a 55-15 and sent to the Senate for consideration.

— Jessica Banuelos