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Australia: Campaign against Victoria’s HIV-specific criminal law launched to tie in with Melbourne Declaration for AIDS 2014

May 19, 2014

Living Positive Victoria, the organisation representing people living with HIV in the Australian state of Victoria, has launched a campaign for community and cross-party political support to reform the state’s HIV-specific criminal law, the only such law in Australia. Section … More

Research agenda into the public health impact of overly broad HIV criminalisation highlights five areas where researchers and advocates can collaborate

January 31, 2014

A newly published report suggests a number of concrete ways that research into the impact of overly broad HIV criminalisation on public health can move the policy agenda forward, and help reform laws and create better policies for people living … More

UNAIDS announces new project examining “best available scientific evidence to inform the criminal law”

April 27, 2011

A new project announced yesterday by UNAIDS will “further investigate current scientific, medical, legal and human rights aspects of the criminalization of HIV transmission. This project aims to ensure that the application, if any, of criminal law to HIV transmission … 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: Man gets 4 1/2 years for impossible HIV transmission

December 16, 2009

Update: December 16thWepukhulu Zebtek was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison by Judge Allan Fenbury who “said the sentence would deter other carriers of the HIV virus from not informing their sexual partners”. Mr Zebtek will be eligible for parole … More

Australia: New publication examines criminalisation; works as advocacy tool

November 24, 2009

NAPWA monograph:click on image to downloadThere have been some very important policy developments in Australia recently that I’ve been waiting to post about until I’d finished reading the entire (Australian) National Association of People Living With HIV/AIDS (NAPWA) monograph, The … 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: More charges against African migrant in Adelaide

April 17, 2009

The 40 year-old African migrant previously charged with “two counts of endangering life after he exposed his partner to the HIV virus” and released on bail last month is now “facing five counts of an act to endanger life allegedly … More

Australia: More delays in Stuart McDonald trial

April 15, 2009

The trial of Stuart McDonald – the 41 year-old Adelaide man accused of ‘recklessly’ infecting eight men with HIV between January 2001 and January 2006 – has been delayed again until at least May, because the prosecution needs more time. … More

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