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Since the introduction of effective treatment in 1996, people with HIV are increasingly viewed by the criminal justice and public health systems through the lens of their potential to infect, as viral vectors and inherent dangers to society. Contrary to the initial intent of these statutes, HIV criminalization is furthering the spread of the virus. Reform is urgently needed to stem the tide of HIV transmission and improve public health. The Sero Project is a network of people with HIV and allies fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice. It has led an effort to raise awareness and mobilize communities across the country to advocate for change, created a network of criminalization prosecution survivors, and provided direct assistance to those facing prosecution, as well as pursued a research agenda to further demonstrate the link between HIV criminalization and HIV testing, disclosure, and treatment access.

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