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EATG seeks to ensure that Europe-wide standards of up-to-date scientific evidence limit overly broad HIV criminalisation

October 28, 2013

EATG’s new position paper on prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission published last week recommends that the criminal law should only be used in extremely rare and unusual cases where HIV is maliciously and intentionally transmitted and that Europe-wide … More

Video: Seminar on HIV Criminalisation, Berlin, 20 September 2012 (EATG/DAH/IPPF/HIV in Europe)

October 23, 2012

This international conference on the criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure, potential or perceived HIV exposure and non-intentional HIV transmission took place at the Rotes Rathaus in Berlin on 20th September 2012. HIV advocates, law and human rights experts and other concerned … More

Finland: Kenyan-born former ‘erotic dancer’ sentenced to 4 1/2 years for HIV exposure

December 15, 2011

Update: 15 December 2011 The Court of Appeal decided that she was not guilty of attempted aggravated assault but only endangerment with a resulting lower sentence – the maximum two years imprisonment.  According to my sources in Finland who have … More

Finland: Appeal court increases Hakkarainen sentence

June 5, 2009

Aki Hakkarainen, the young Finnish man found guilty of five counts of criminal HIV transmission and 14 counts of HIV exposure in April 2008, and sentenced to ten years in prison in August 2008, will now have to serve a … More

Finland: Young man sentenced to ten years for HIV transmission, exposure

August 27, 2008

A 25 year-old Finnish man, who has been HIV-positive since 16, has been sentenced to ten years in prison for five counts of aggravated assault (criminal HIV transmission), 14 counts of attempted aggravated assault (criminal HIV exposure), and one count … More

Finland: Young man found guilty of multiple counts of HIV transmission and exposure

April 29, 2008

A 25 year-old Finnish man has been found guilty of five counts of criminal HIV transmission and 14 counts of HIV exposure. Aki Hakkarainen was arrested in October 2007 after a number of women had complained to the police. He … More

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