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Switzerland: New handbook for parliamentarians on effective HIV laws includes case study and interview with Green MP Alec von Graffenried

February 4, 2014

A new publication from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), written by Veronica Oakeshott, is an excellent new resource to help inform advocacy efforts to remove punitive laws and policies that impede the HIV response. Aimed … More

New Zealand: Court of Appeal rules HIV non-disclosure is sexual assault

March 12, 2012

Update(s): 12/13th March 2012 The New Zealand Court of Appeal has ruled that otherwise consensual unprotected sex without disclosure of known HIV-positive vitiates consent, meaning that potential HIV exposure (non-disclosure without transmission) could well be upgraded from criminal nuisance to … More

New Zealand: Charges dropped in criminal HIV transmission case

March 30, 2011

All charges against a Wellington man accused of not disclosing his HIV-positive status prior to unprotected sex with his female partner who subsequently tested HIV-positive have been dropped because police are unable to trace the complainant. Not only did Justice … More

Global: Powerful personal testimony and video highlight criminalisation concerns

November 30, 2010

IPPF (the International Planned Parenthood Association) has been campaigning against the criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure, alleged exposure and non-intentional transmission for the past few years, and this World AIDS Day they are highlighting their ‘Criminalise Hate Not HIV’ Campaign. They … More

New Zealand: Alleged ‘HIV predator’ dies in cell

November 30, 2009

The man at the centre of New Zealand’s biggest ever criminal HIV transmission case died in his cell in the early hours of Monday morning. His death is not being treated as suspicious, but the Coroner is investigating the circumstances. … More

New Zealand: African migrant sentenced to three-and-a-half years for HIV transmission

November 29, 2009

A 34 year-old HIV-positive New Zealand citizen originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for grievous bodily harm with a concurrent six months for criminal nuisance. The charges stemmed from not disclosing … More

New Zealand: ‘HIV predator’ case increases testing and stigma

July 10, 2009

Following the intense media reporting of the alleged ‘HIV predator’ case, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation reports that the case has increased stigma against people already living with HIV, and also increased the number of people coming forward for HIV … More

New Zealand: ‘HIV predator’ is named; seventh complainant adds further charges

June 19, 2009

The man dubbed the ‘HIV predator’ had his name and face splashed all over New Zealand’s media today in what has become the biggest criminal HIV transmission case in NZ history. There are now seven complainants (six men, one woman) … More

New Zealand: Article examines implications of ‘HIV predator’ case

June 9, 2009

After all the hysterical media reporting surrounding the current ‘HIV predator’ case comes a thoughtful analysis of the situation from the New Zealand Herald. The article also usefully includes a summary of the most important criminal HIV transmission cases over … More

New Zealand: ‘HIV predator’ may make legal history

June 3, 2009

A 40 year-old gay man in New Zealand whom the media have named the ‘HIV predator’ (interestly this moniker was created by the gay media and since he currently has interim name suppression, this stigmatising phrase continues to be used … More

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