Gov. Branstad to sign HIV reform bill
Governor Terry Branstad plans to sign an HIV bill into law which will modernize Iowa’s 709c HIV criminalization law.
The bill, which unanimously passed both the Iowa House and Senate, will no longer be an HIV specific law, and will convert sentencing to a tiered system instead of a “one size fits all” approach used in 709c. The new bill will also retroactively remove Iowans who are currently listed on the sex offender registry from previous convictions under 709c.
Iowa’s current 709c law states a person has committed criminal transmission of HIV if that person knowingly engages in intimate contact without disclosing his or her positive status, whether infection occurs or not.