HIV criminalization in Illinois stigmatizes people living with HIV (PLWH) by making legal behavior – like consensual sex – illegal, or by increasing penalties for minor crimes such as sharing injection drug equipment. When these laws are interpreted as requiring no intent to harm, PLWH face almost automatic conviction or longer sentences.

A cornerstone of the Illinois HIV Action Alliance is centering the voices and experiences of those living with HIV. To this point, the IHAA coalition has committed to meaningful involvement of those living with HIV in all aspects of our work.

A cornerstone of the Illinois HIV Action Alliance is centering the voices and experiences of those living with HIV. To this point, the IHAA coalition has committed to meaningful involvement of those living with HIV in all aspects of our work.

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