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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

Switzerland: New study examines every criminal prosecution; finds Swiss law discriminatory

September 24, 2009

A new and important study of criminal HIV exposure and transmission cases in Switzerland was published yesterday. Update: An English-language version of the Swiss AIDS Federation’s six page summary is now available. Download the pdf here. With the support of … More

Switzerland: Federal Court confirms Geneva HIV exposure acquittal, but does not mention viral load (updated)

July 8, 2009

UPDATE July 8th 2009 The Federal Court has now confirmed the recent HIV exposure acquital in Geneva, but shied away from explicitly discussing the link between an undetectable viral load and risk of transmission. In effect: they lacked the courage … More

Switzerland: Geneva Court of Justice accepts ‘Swiss statement’, quashes HIV exposure conviction

February 25, 2009

In the first ruling of its kind in the world, a court in Geneva, Switzerland, has quashed the 18 month prison sentence of a young HIV-positive man previously convicted of HIV exposure, after accepting that the risk of sexual HIV … More

Switzerland: Federal Court rules that undiagnosed criminally liable for HIV transmission

July 18, 2008

Switzerland’s highest court – the Federal Court in Lausanne – has ruled that a man who was unaware of his infection is still criminally liable for infecting a woman with HIV. In effect, the court has ruled that anyone who … More

Swiss statement on sexual HIV transmission was inspired by HIV exposure prosecutions.

February 29, 2008

Very interesting interview on aidsmeds.com with Dr Bernard Hirschel, of the University of Geneva, the lead author of the controversial Swiss consensus statement which said that successful treated individuals with an undetectable viral load for at least six months and … More

Swiss statement on sexual HIV transmission has major legal implications

February 1, 2008

On Wednesday, I reported on aidsmap.com that four Swiss HIV experts have produced the first-ever consensus statement to say that HIV-positive individuals on effective antiretroviral therapy and without sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are sexually non-infectious. This has major implications for … More

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