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Brazil: Activists celebrate as ‘deliberate HIV transmission’ law amendment is withdrawn

September 1, 2017

Yesterday, news broke that populist Congressman, Pompeo de Mattos, has withdrawn an amendment originally proposed in 2015 to make ‘deliberate’ HIV transmission a ‘heinous crime’. The amendment, Bill No. 198, 2015, would have added to the list of heinous crimes … More

Brazil: HIV-specific criminal law introduced amid media frenzy and moral panic over ‘barebacking’ gay subculture

March 27, 2015

On April 2nd 2015, a simply worded amendment to Article 1 of Law No. 8072 of July 25, 1990 – covering ‘heinous crimes’ – will be presented to the Brazilian Parliament by the populist Congressman, Pompeo de Mattos. The amendement, draft Bill … More

Brazil: Health ministry says no to criminalisation following two high-profile prosecutions

November 27, 2009

Brazil’s Ministry of Health is preparing a public statement in which it recommends that prosecutions for negligent or reckless HIV exposure or transmission cease. Rather, only intentional transmission where both intent and transmission are proven, in accordance with UNAIDS guidance, … More

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