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Australia: New campaign launched by state PLHIV organisation to amend HIV disclosure requirement in New South Wales’ Public Health Act

March 8, 2016

Positive Life’s Communications and Policy Officer, Scott Harlum (pictured), explains why the organisation will advocate for changes to HIV disclosure requirements in the Public Health Act as part of the review. The Public Health Act is a key piece of … More

Australia: Defendant in AU$750k Sydney gay civil case now faces criminal charges

July 30, 2010

A 55 year-old gay man who was successfully sued for AU$757,487 in April for allegedly misrepresenting his HIV-positive status as HIV-negative to his former long-term partner who is now also HIV-positive, is now facing criminal charges. one count of “cause … More

Australia: New legal practitioners guide launched in NSW (updated)

June 16, 2009

Last Thursday, Australian High Court Justice Virginia Bell helped launch a new criminal HIV transmission guide for legal practitioners produced by New South Wales’ HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (HALC). Speaking at the launch, leading civil rights lawyer, David Buchanan, noted that … More

Australia: Sydney husband gets 4 1/2 years after pleading guilty to infecting wife

May 11, 2009

A 38 year-old man who previously pleaded guilty to a charge of “maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm” (reckless HIV tranmission) after his ex-wife filed a complaint, has been sentenced to “four years and six months full-time jail with a non-parole … More

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

Australia: New booklet clarifies that disclosure – even with condoms – is mandatory in NSW

May 13, 2008

A new booklet, ‘Disclosing your HIV status’, produced by the New South Wales HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (HALC) highlights that both public health and criminal laws mandate that diagnosed HIV-positive people in NSW must disclose their HIV status prior to any … More

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