May An Hiv Positive Person Be Sentenced Longer For Rape Than Someone Who Is Not Hiv Positive?

California Penal Code Section 12022.85 provides that: Any person who commits a sexual offense with the knowledge that he or she is infected with HIV at the time of commission shall receive a three-year enhancement for each violation in addition to the sentence provided for the sexual offense itself. Sexual offenses included under this provision are rape, unlawful intercourse with a person under 18 years of age, and rape of a spouse. Sodomy and oral copulation are also included, but under California law these are punishable as sexual offenses only in narrow circumstances, such as when they are accompanied by intoxication, violence, the threat of violence, or when they involve a minor.

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