American Samoa

Last updated on: 27 April 2012

Criminalisation of HIV transmission/exposure

American Samoa
Whether Specific law enacted: 
None
Number of people prosecuted: 
None known
Number of people convicted: 
None known
Applicable law: 

There are no statutes explicitly criminalizing HIV transmission or exposure in American Samoa. However, in other jurisdictions of the United States HIV-positive people have been prosecuted for HIV exposure under general criminal laws, such as reckless endangerment and aggravated assault. At the time of this publication, the authors are not aware of a criminal prosecution of an individual on the basis of that person’s HIV status in American Samoa.

Source: Ending and Defending Against HIV Criminalization: A Manual for Advocates, Volume 1. State and Federal Laws and Prosecutions. First Edition. Center for HIV Law and Policy, Positive Justice Project, 2010. http://www.hivlawandpolicy.org/resources/view/564

Key wording in the law: 

None