Should it be illegal for HIV-positive people not to reveal their status to sexual partners? Right now, 32 states say yes, it should be–and they’ve convicted more than 500 people over the last decade.

But new legislation proposed yesterday in Congress seeks to overturn those laws. Backers say criminalizing one specific medical condition has unintended consequences, such as lowering testing rates: if you don’t know you’re HIV-positive, you can’t be prosecuted for it, goes the thinking.

Oregon, by the way, has no such law on the books.

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