Missouri has also introduced a similar bill. "The bill would allow Class D felony charges - punishable by up to four years in prison - for inmates who expose others to bodily fluids." (Cite: http://ww2.aegis.com/news/ap/2005/AP050406.html )
But now folks want to claim it's no big deal to spit on lesbians on the street?
Spitting is an assault, and frankly I think it's offensive to quibble over the VICTIMS' right to retaliate. They could punch the guy? Hit him with their handbags? Stabbing him, though, is just flat-out wrong?
You worry about over-reacting the next time somebody attacks YOU while you're minding your own business on a New York street.