Cases

Australia: Melbourne man not guilty of reckless HIV transmission

March 20, 2008

A Melbourne man on trial for reckless HIV transmission was found not guilty by a jury this week. Details are sparse, but it seems the case hinged on whether the accused had disclosed his HIV status to the complainant before … More

Canada: Condom use no defence for HIV exposure liability (updated)

February 25, 2008

Update: Monday 16.37. It appears that the news report got it completely wrong, and that the law in Canada has not changed by stealth. Critically, the complainant was being tried for HIV exposure (sexual assault and aggravated assault) for a … More

UK: Reckless HIV transmission case dismissed due to insufficient evidence

February 11, 2008

Some good news from the UK (actually, it’s the law of England and Wales that this case is relevant to). I reported this story today on NAM’s website, aidsmap.com. Reckless HIV transmission case dismissed due to insufficient evidence Edwin J. … More

Australia: HIV-positive sex worker pleads guilty; NAPWA comments on stigmatising handling of case

February 7, 2008

The HIV-positive male sex worker named and shamed by Canberra health officials last week has pleaded guilty to providing a commercial sexual service while knowing he was infected with a sexually-transmitted infection (i.e. HIV) and failing to register as a … More

Canada: Another guilty verdict in Ontario

February 6, 2008

Owen Antoine, a 41 year-old HIV-positive man, has been found guilty of reckless HIV transmission in an Ontario court. It took the jury just five hours to deliver the verdict. Antoine has been found guilty of aggravated sexual assault, sexual … More

Canada: HIV exposure charge dismissed following dramatic Ontario courtroom scene

February 5, 2008

In a rare piece of good news to come out of Canada, Mark Hinton, of London, Ontario, left the court a free man yesterday after a charge of attempted aggravated sexual assault – for allegedly exposing another man to HIV … More

Canada: Ryan Handy, convicted of HIV exposure, in his own words

February 1, 2008

In an extraordinary coup, Canada’s gay newspaper, Xtra, has an interview with Ryan Handy, the 25 year-old found guilty of criminal HIV exposure in November, and who will be sentenced on March 27th. Click here for a page refresh with … More

Canada: Editorial in gay paper impacts upon ‘victim’ in gay HIV exposure case

January 20, 2008

An editorial that argues that ‘victims’ in criminal HIV exposure and transmission cases are primarily responsible for their own sexual health, appears to have had an impact on the 55 year-old ‘victim’ of Ryan Handy, 25. The editorial appeared in … More

US: HIV-positive California man accepts plea bargain to drop ‘special AIDS enhancement’

January 10, 2008

An HIV-positive Northern Californian man has accepted a plea bargain ‘deal’ where he pleas no contest to a succession of serious charges, which could lead to 42 years in jail. In return, prosecutors have dropped the ‘special AIDS enhancement’ to … More

Australia: Sudanese migrant pleads guilty to HIV exposure in Melbourne; possible political fallout

December 3, 2007

Officials knew man HIV risk to others Julia MedewDecember 1, 2007 A PSYCHOLOGIST reported a Geelong man as a “high risk of infecting others with HIV” to Victorian health authorities 11 days before the man went on to allegedly expose … More

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