Exploring the impact of criminal HIV disclosure laws on persons living with and at risk for HIV infection in New Jersey

The Foundation's program, Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health, was designed to build the evidence for public health law and policy, translate research findings into practical tools to increase the support for and use of law by policy-makers and public health practitioners, and to translate findings to other fields and venues to improve and protect health.This grant provides support to the Medical College of Wisconsin to examine the impact of New Jersey's Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) disclosure laws on 500 HIV+ and 250 "at-risk" residents of New Jersey. This project will attempt to assess the effectiveness of HIV disclosure laws as a public health HIV prevention intervention and determine whether concerns that these laws may have unintended negative effects on HIV transmission prevention efforts and on the life quality of persons living with HIV are valid. Measures include participants' understanding of the law, perceptions of its legitimacy, perceived HIV-related stigma, comfort with seropositive status disclosure, HIV testing and sexual behavior. Deliverables for the project include a Power Point presentation, a fact sheet, Web site display, abstract for presentation at the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting, manuscripts for journal publication and dissemination to law and public health professionals, and a white paper to be presented to New Jersey legislative committee members.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $147,049.00

Awarded on: 11/10/2009

Time frame: 12/1/2009 - 5/31/2011

Grant Number: 67137


Medical College of Wisconsin Inc.

8700 West Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, 53226-0509


Carol L. Galletly
Project Director


Axel T. Marrero
Project Director