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Australia: New Victoria public health policy clarifies when ‘risky’ HIV-positive individuals should be reported to the police

February 25, 2008

I spoke too soon in my posting yesterday regarding reassurances from Victoria’s chief health office, Dr John Carnie, on a new policy from the public health department about reporting HIV-positive individuals who did not disclose or use condoms to the … More

Australia: Review critical of Victoria’s public health response to ‘risky’ HIV-positive individuals

February 24, 2008

A review of the Victorian Health Department’s management of ‘risky’ HIV-positive people has been published. The Age puts its own negative spin on the story, but somewhat reassuring is the response from Dr John Carnie, Victoria’s chief health officer. He … More

Australia: Western Australia proposes new public health laws to detain HIV-positive people who ‘put others at risk’

February 24, 2008

A proposed change to Public Health law in the State of Western Australia would allow people with HIV to be detained and forced to undergo medical treatment. WA’s Public Health executive director, Tarun Weeramanthri, used recent concerns over a sex … 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

Australia: Stuart McDonald finally ‘free’ on bail

February 5, 2008

A brief update in the South Australian case of Stuart McDonald, who has been kept under house arrest as part of his onerous bail conditions. Adelaide Magistrates Court today ruled he was now ‘free’ to live elsewhere, according to a … More

Australia: Canberra public health officials name (and shame) HIV-positive male sex worker

January 30, 2008

Public health officials in Canberra have taken the unusual step of holding a press conference to announce that a male sex worker who was charged with “knowingly” transmitting an (unnamed) sexually transmitted infection earlier this month is HIV-positive. It is … More

Australia: SA judge may relax Stuart McDonald’s onerous bail conditions

January 22, 2008

Stuart McDonald, the first person to be detained without charge under South Australia’s public health Act, in April 2007, for alleged reckless HIV transmission, was in court yesterday, where the judge agreed to consider relaxing the very strict bail restrictions … More

Australia: Brisbane man jailed 12 months for biting a policeman

January 17, 2008

A senior Brisbane judge has sent an HIV-positive man to prison for 12 months as a “genuine deterrent” to prevent others from spitting or biting police because he believes “there are now diseases in the community which are spread like … More

Australia: Perth man released on bail

January 8, 2008

A major update on the case of Wepukhulu Zebtek reported on Monday. His new lawyer has successfully argued that since the woman tested HIV-positive three days following the alleged rape, his client could not have infected the woman. Zebtek is … More

Australia: Perth man charged with criminal HIV transmission, rape

January 7, 2008

A Perth man, Wepukulu Zebtec, has been charged with ‘aggravated sexual penetration’ after allegedly raping a woman and apparently infecting her with HIV. “The court was also told that the woman went to Royal Perth Hospital three days after the … More

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