Cases

Australia: Sydney man pleads guilty to criminal HIV transmission

June 5, 2008

A 37 year-old man who apparently knew he had been living with HIV since he was 18, has pleaded guilty to “deliberately and maliciously” infecting his wife with the virus, and will be sentenced in August – he faces up … More

US: Military court discusses viral load and HIV exposure

May 20, 2008

The issue of whether someone with an undetectable viral load can be guilty of HIV exposure has been discussed in a US court for the first time – the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. In this extremely … More

Canada: Halifax man guilty of HIV exposure

May 20, 2008

A Halifax, Novia Scotia man has been found guilty of aggravated sexual assault for not disclosing his HIV status to his former girlfriend. The trial earlier this month was reported here. He will be sentenced in August. Justice Arthur Pickup, … More

Canada: Trevis Smith loses appeal

May 15, 2008

Trevis Smith – the professional Canadian football player found guilty on two counts of HIV exposure and imprisoned for five and a half years – has lost his appeal. This is news all over Canada, but the most detailed report … More

Singapore: Man pleads guilty to HIV exposure following oral sex

May 9, 2008

The first-ever prosecution for criminal HIV exposure is now taking place in Singapore, two weeks after a law increasing the maximum penalty from two to ten years – and making it illegal to have unprotected sex even if you suspect … More

France: Marseille man facing three years for HIV transmission

May 9, 2008

Much of the French press featured this Reuters story from Marseille on Wednesday. A rough translation reads as follows (French original below): Marseille man should be imprisoned for three years for AIDS transmissionReuters – Wednesday May 7, 21:23 MARSEILLE (Reuters) … More

Canada: Montreal domestic violence victim guilty of HIV exposure

May 3, 2008

If ever there were a case to show how HIV exposure laws can potentially criminalise all HIV-positive people, then this extremely disturbing story from Montreal is it. The story has made national headlines (the article below is from the CBC … More

Finland: Young man found guilty of multiple counts of HIV transmission and exposure

April 29, 2008

A 25 year-old Finnish man has been found guilty of five counts of criminal HIV transmission and 14 counts of HIV exposure. Aki Hakkarainen was arrested in October 2007 after a number of women had complained to the police. He … More

Zimbabwe: Woman pleads guilty to unprotected sex, gets five years suspended sentence

April 9, 2008

A 26 year-old woman who pleaded guilty to having unprotected sex with her partner in 2007 was given a five year suspended sentence primarily because the lover did not test HIV-positive. The woman was convicted under s79 of the Zimbabwe … More

Australia: Not guilty verdict in Melbourne HIV exposure trial

April 4, 2008

A man whose case notes were released to police investigating Michael Neal has been found not guilty of criminal HIV transmission, reports The Geelong Advertiser. The prosecution’s case against Mr Solomon Mwale, 38, originally from Zambia, hinged on the timing … More

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