Illinois Becomes Second State To Repeal HIV Criminalization Law

“It means a tremendous deal to me and others impacted by the former law,” said Timothy Jackson. “We can now breathe a sigh of relief.”

Illinois Becomes Second State To Repeal HIV Criminalization Law
In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs the state budget and legislation related to a graduated income tax in Illinois, during a bill signing at the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. Gov. Pritzker signed a HIV decriminalization bill Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Amr Alfiky / AP Photo
Illinois Becomes Second State To Repeal HIV Criminalization Law
In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs the state budget and legislation related to a graduated income tax in Illinois, during a bill signing at the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. Gov. Pritzker signed a HIV decriminalization bill Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Amr Alfiky / AP Photo

Illinois Becomes Second State To Repeal HIV Criminalization Law

“It means a tremendous deal to me and others impacted by the former law,” said Timothy Jackson. “We can now breathe a sigh of relief.”

Illinois is now the second state to completely reverse its HIV criminalization law. Gov. JB Pritzker repealed the 32-year-old statute Tuesday when he signed three other bills into law that aim to advance the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.

Reset discusses what this move means for the state and those impacted by HIV criminalization.

GUESTS: Adam Rhodes, social justice reporter for the Chicago Reader

Timothy Jackson, director of government relations for AIDS Foundation of Chicago