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EATG seeks to ensure that Europe-wide standards of up-to-date scientific evidence limit overly broad HIV criminalisation

October 28, 2013

EATG’s new position paper on prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission published last week recommends that the criminal law should only be used in extremely rare and unusual cases where HIV is maliciously and intentionally transmitted and that Europe-wide … More

Austria: HIV-positive man aquitted for ‘oral sex without ejaculation’ (Update)

December 18, 2012

Update: December 18th A gay man on trial for allegedly exposing his ex-partner to HIV during ‘oral sex without ejaculation’ has been acquitted. The judge told the 37 year-old defendant that he had acted “entirely properly” according to Austria’s ‘safer … More

Austria: Man accused of criminal HIV transmission fights “unconstitutional” forced blood test

January 18, 2012

A man in Austria is taking a case to the Constitutional Court that challenges the forcible testing of blood for HIV (as well as for use in phylogenetic analysis) that was legalised on 1 January 2012 through an amendment of … More

Sweden: Campaign to change draconian, punitive policies for PLHIV aiming for Government review

December 11, 2011

In Sweden, the Communicable Diseases Act requires people with diagnosed HIV to disclose in any situation where someone might be placed at risk and to also practise safer sex (which, in Sweden, means using condoms – the impact of treatment … More

Global: AIDS 2010 round-up part 2: Posters

August 19, 2010

This selection of posters presented in Vienna follows up from my previous AIDS 2010 posting on the sessions, meetings and media reporting that took place during last month’s XVIII International AIDS Conference.  I’ll be a highlighting a few others in … More

Austria: Matthew Weait guest blogs on recent mother-to-child transmission conviction of HIV denialist

July 16, 2010

The recent conviction of Austrian HIV denialist Barbara Seebald for: rejecting taking the prescribed medicine during her pregnancy despite knowing of her HIV infection, giving birth to her child naturally and at home with the help of a midwife who … More

Austria: AIDS 2010 delegates warned about criminal HIV exposure laws; law clarified but not binding

July 12, 2010

The organisers of the International AIDS Conference, due to be held in Vienna from next Sunday (18th July), have today provided an important update on Austria’s criminal HIV exposure and transmission laws. They recommend that anyone who is aware they … More

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