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World AIDS Day Virtual Event

December 1 is World AIDS Day. The Ohio Health Modernization Movement joins the world to commemorate this day on Monday, November 29 at 12PM ET with a multi-state virtual event.Scientific progress is a largely successful story of the AIDS epidemic. Yet, states across the USA have ignored this Scientific progress in their laws and continue to criminalize, often through felonious assault, those living with HIV.Since 2014, at least nine states have modernized or repealed their HIV criminal laws: California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, and Virginia.Join moderator Bryan C. Jones and a panel of advocates from other states, including Timothy Jackson, Illinois, Chunnika Hodges, Michigan and TerL Gleason, North Carolina and learn how they did it, the challenges they faced, and what Ohio can learn as it embarks on its efforts to modernize unjust HIV laws. Zach McCune from OHMM will be on hand to answer questions about our proposed law.

The Human Side of HIV
Use Science to Combat Stigma

HIV has come a long way in 40 years. Under treatment HIV is now a chronic disease and not a death sentence.

In the practice of law, we need to get the science right. Ohio law still prosecutes people for behavior that has little to no chance of transmitting the virus.

Join us as we discuss the science of HIV and stigma from a defense, prosecution and person living with HIV perspective.

Tuesday, December 14
Noon ET

Archived Educational Webinars

Ohio Community Planning Group (Ohio Department of Health)

An understanding of Ohio’s criminalization laws and the proposed changes to these laws. What are it’s impact on real life scenarios and the differences between legislative and legal strategies? Listen and learn.

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Vulnerable and Unaware: Ohio Laws and Women Living with HIV

Panelists: Naimah O’Neal, Medical Social Worker; Kamaria Laffrey, SERO Project; Olga Irwin, Positive Women’s Network-USA and Barb Cardell, Positive Women’s Network-USA


Sex Work and HIV: The Effects of Criminalization


Sex workers have long faced the stigma of being seen, and treated, as vectors of disease, with horrendous repercussions on the health and safety of the community.

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A framework for strengthening faith’s HIV response

Stigma didn’t just arrive yesterday, and it won’t just go away today or even tomorrow. It requires sustained engagement.

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Coverage of HIV in the media and how it can perpetuate stereotypes and stigma, including findings from the Michigan Stigma Index.

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With 32 states having HIV Criminalization Laws, where are the women’s voices in this discussion? Women and their bodies endure challenges of independence and choice in this current climate. 
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A discussion on race and how HIV criminalization affects communities of color. Racial inequity, particularly anti-black racism creates disparities in communities across America. 

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A presentation on Ohio’s modernization toolkit. What we are asking for and how we propose the legislature looks at HIV criminalization. We advocate for evidence based laws that do not stigmatize people living with HIV. 

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A discussion designed to educate and train attorneys to competently represent people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who are at heightened risk of arrest due to their HIV status.
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Fear, loss, stigma, and courageous first responders – these are all things held in common by the AIDS pandemic and in our current age of coronavirus. 

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A discussion about what people living with HIV and their caseworkers need to know about Ohio’s current HIV criminalization laws.



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