Puerto Rico

Last reviewed 01 June 2017

Specific laws

Specific law enacted No

Specific law criminalising HIV non disclosure, exposure, or transmission: No

Prosecuted using non-HIV specific laws: No

Prosecuted using both specific and non specific laws: No

Is non-disclosure actionable: No

Is exposure actionable: No

Is transmission actionable: No


Number of prosecutions 0


Applicable laws

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.


Last reviewed 01 June 2017

Last reviewed 01 June 2017

Last reviewed 01 June 2017