People with HIV or Covid-19 must be especially careful not to get locked up in Mexico City

The "risk of contagion" provision in Mexico's federal criminal code, which has been in place for decades, is in line with old Catholic-influenced moral codes such as punishing "anti-moral" behavior, according to scientific studies.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (AFP) In June, as Mexico City shone in rainbow colors to celebrate sexual diversity and inclusion, a man was jailed for "risk of contagion" - a crime adapted to the HIV/AIDS pandemic that gained prominence with covid-19.

The image of Juan "N," as he was identified by the capital's prosecutor's office, was circulated as a photo and video. His offense: He had not told an ex-partner that he was HIV-positive.

The offense is called "risk of infection" and can be punished by up to five years in prison if someone, knowing . . .

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