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HIV activists and legislators to celebrate passed bill

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GRINNELL (KWWL) - HIV activists and legislators will celebrate Iowa’s recently passed bill to help modernize the state’s HIV law June 4 at Grinnell College.

The celebration is part of the first national “HIV Is Not A Crime” conference. The conference is meant to bring together advocates worldwide to discuss the HIV criminal statutes existing in 34 U.S. states and territories.

Iowa is now the first state in the nation to repeal its statute and pass a bill changing Iowa's HIV law. Gov. Terry Branstad signed the bill into law last week.

The conference was organized in part by The Sero Project, a national network of people with HIV and allies fighting injustices as a result of HIV-specific criminal statutes. One Iowa, the state’s leading LGBT organization, and Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa (CHAIN) have also helped organize the conference.

The event will be held in the Harris Center from 7 to 9 p.m. 

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