#Roommates, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a legislation on Friday that lowers the offense from a felony to misdemeanor if you knowingly exposed or infected others with HIV in California. This is some interesting news because the law previously would punish those individuals with a prison sentence up to eight years.

According to CNN, the new law significantly lowers jail time, maximum of six months. It goes into effect starting January 1, 2018.

“The most effective way to reduce HIV infections is to destigmatize HIV,” Sen. Scott Wiener told CNN. “To make people comfortable talking about their infection, get tested, get into treatment.”

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