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New report explores implications of tests to estimate timing of HIV infection for criminal prosecutions

August 4, 2011

From UNAIDS front page today.   Feature Story: New report explores implications of tests to estimate timing of HIV infection for criminal prosecutions The UK charity National AIDS Trust (NAT) launched a report on 4 August 2011, entitled Estimating the … More

UK: The return of the “HIV Monster”

July 27, 2011

The British tabloid press had a field day yesterday following the sentencing of Nkosinati Mabanda, 44, at Wolverhampton Crown Court for ‘reckless’ HIV transmission. He received a four year prison sentence; was also given an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) ordering … More

UK: Man accused of ‘intentional’ transmission last month turns himself in

February 4, 2011

A 27 year-old man whose name and picture was published last month by The Mirror, following allegations from a former partner that she became HIV-positive as a result of unprotected sex without him first disclosing that he had HIV, was … More

UK: New Guidance for Police Investigating Criminal Transmission of HIV

July 16, 2010

I’m reproducing below a press release issued yesterday by the National AIDS Trust (NAT) about the new UK (with the exception of Scotland) guidance for police officers investigating allegations of criminal HIV transmission. We’ll hear more about the guidance – … More

UK: HIV transmission case dropped against gay Doncaster man

May 19, 2010

A case against a gay man in Doncaster, in the north of England, who was accused of ‘recklessly’ transmitting HIV to two male complainants, has been dropped due to lack of evidence – apparently there had been no investigation of … More

UK: Man who ‘claimed he had AIDS’ jailed for eight months after biting police

June 8, 2009

A 19 year-old man from Lewes in Sussex who bit two police officers whilst telling them he had AIDS, and who pleaded guilty to two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm and one count of assaulting a police officer, … More

UK: Man previousy convicted of reckless HIV transmission jailed again

May 11, 2009

The sixth person to be convicted of reckless HIV transmission in England & Wales, Derek Hornett, has been jailed again for breaching an order banning him from contacting people over the age of 60, after pleading guilty last month to … More

UK: HIV-positive woman who bit her best friend gets suspended sentence

May 9, 2009

Despite the best attempts of the prosecution to focus on the HIV status of a 24 year-old Plymouth woman who bit her best friend on the arm and cheek during a drunken row – and to overstate the risks of … More

UK: Gonorrhoea prosecution ‘a dangerous development’

April 23, 2009

I am posting an excellent analysis by Dr Matthew Weait, Senior Lecturer in Law and Legal Studies at Birkbeck College, London (and author of Intimacy and Responsibility: The Criminalisation of HIV Transmission) of the recent successful prosecution of a male … More

UK: Man arrested for unprotected sex with several women

March 2, 2009

A 39 year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested and released on police bail following complaints from several women in Exmouth, East Devon that he did not disclose his HIV status to them before they had consensual unprotected sex. The … More

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