Puerto Rico

Last updated on: 27 April 2012

Criminalisation of HIV transmission/exposure

Puerto Rico
Whether Specific law enacted: 
None
Number of people prosecuted: 
None
Number of people convicted: 
None
Applicable law: 

There are no criminal statutes explicitly addressing HIV or STI exposure in Puerto Rico.

There are no statutes explicitly criminalizing HIV transmission or exposure in Puerto Rico.

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 publication there were no reported cases of this type of prosecution in Puerto Rico.

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