Iowa House and Senate Consider Changes to HIV Law

Mar 17, 2014

In the last decade, society's understanding of HIV transmission has increased and medical technology has advanced; but in the 1990s, HIV was still a scary concept, and an Iowa law reflects that fear.

Today on River to River - a look at an HIV exposure law which many now call “draconian” and are hoping to change. We hear the story of an Iowan whose life has been deeply affected by the law’s penalties - Nick Rhoades, who was originally sentenced to 25 years in prison and lifetime classification as a sex offender, after a sexual encounter in which he did not disclose he was HIV positive.

And, we learn about a kidnapping bill being considered in both the Iowa House and Senate chambers.