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HIV Justice Network presents important new HIV criminalisation data today at AIDS 2016

July 21, 2016

Today, at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, the HIV Justice Network and GNP+ will present important new data on HIV criminalisation based on updated research from our Advancing HIV Justice 2 report. Global Trends in HIV Criminalisation (Download the … More

France: National Aids Council President, Patrick Yeni, on why HIV criminalisation remains a problem for France

April 4, 2016

A year ago, in April 2015, the French National AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Council (Conseil national du sida et des hépatites virales, known simply as ‘CNS’) following extensive research into the law, nature of complaints and prosecutions, and their impact, … More

France: Controversy over ‘intentional’ exposure and transmission conviction for man previously imprisoned for ‘reckless’ HIV transmission

October 3, 2014

Yesterday, the Assize Court of Bouches-du-Rhône in the south of France sentenced  Christophe Morat, aged 40, to twelve years’ imprisonment, after having found him guilty of “administering a harmful substance with intent to cause permanent disability or mental impairment”. There … More

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 toolkit: How to advocate for prosecutorial guidelines

May 30, 2013

New guidance from UNAIDS to limit the overly broad use of criminal laws to regulate and punish people living with HIV who are accused of HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission, recommends that: Countries should develop and implement prosecutorial and police … 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

France: Untested gay man found criminally liable for two previous partners’ HIV acquisition

February 21, 2012

A 39 year-old gay man who was so in denial of the possibility that he might have been HIV-positive that he refused to take an HIV test until 2007 has been found criminally liable for infecting two former partners in … More

France: Man sentenced to five years for alleged transmission during one-off unprotected sex encounter in 1999

March 29, 2011

A 40 year old man has been found guilty of administering a harmful substance to one’s spouse or common law husband/wife with the consequence of lifelong impairment (“administration de substance nuisible par conjoint ou concubin ayant entraîné une infirmité permanente”) … More

France: Gay man imprisoned for two years for infecting partner; trial debates shared responsibility

November 17, 2010

A gay man from the eastern French city of Besançon was sentenced to two years in prison last week for lying about his recently-learned HIV-positive status and then having unprotected sex with his ex- partner who is now also HIV-positive. … More

France: Man sentenced to five years for infecting current, former partners and baby

November 16, 2009

A 31 year-old man from Perpignan in south-west France has been found guilty of “transmission of a harmful substance causing permanent disability” and sentenced to five years in prison, although 3½ years of the sentence is suspended. He will also … More

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