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UK: Report shows police mishandling of investigations into alleged criminal HIV transmission

January 28, 2009

Below are the opening paragraphs of a news story I wrote for aidsmap about a new THT report about how the police in England are handling investigations into criminal HIV transmission. The full report, Policing Transmission, can be downloaded from … More

UK: Man jailed for two years for sexual hepatitis B transmission – world first?

November 21, 2008

In what appears to the first ever criminal case of sexual hepatitis B virus transmission, a man in Gloucester has been sentenced to two years in prison under Section 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 – the … More

UK: Developing guidance for HIV prosecutions: an example of harm reduction?

August 27, 2008

I’m including an excerpt here – the conclusion, actually – of an excellent article by Yusef Azad of the National AIDS Trust, in the July issue of the HIV/AIDS Policy and Law Review, published by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, … More

UK: Refugee with ‘suspected’ HIV jailed for ‘biting’ cop

April 26, 2008

A Zimbabwean refugee was jailed for two months last week after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer, drink-driving and driving with no licence or insurance. That in itself is nothing remarkable. What is remarkble, however, is the hysteria surrounding … More

UK: Excellent article in Economist on criminal HIV transmission

April 11, 2008

Here’s a first…a well-written, concise and balanced article on the repercussions of criminalising reckless HIV transmission in England & Wales, from this week’s edition of The Economist. HIV transmission: A modern bugbearApr 10th 2008From The Economist print edition AT FIRST … More

UK: Long-awaited guidelines for prosecuting criminal HIV transmission published

March 20, 2008

It has taken a year longer than anticipated, but the Crown Prosecution Service for England & Wales has finally published their policy on prosecuting criminal HIV transmission. Thankfully, the document bears almost no relation to the draft version originally published … More

UK: Reckless HIV transmission case dismissed due to insufficient evidence

February 11, 2008

Some good news from the UK (actually, it’s the law of England and Wales that this case is relevant to). I reported this story today on NAM’s website, aidsmap.com. Reckless HIV transmission case dismissed due to insufficient evidence Edwin J. … More

UK: Leicester and Manchester cases update

January 8, 2008

A brief update to ongoing cases in Leicester and Manchester. The Leicester trial will begin on January 29th at Leicester Crown Court. A hearing called by the defence to dismiss charges against a Manchester man, due to lack of scientific … More

UK: Court of Appeal rules non-HIV disclosure amounts to ‘provocation’

December 6, 2007

After posting the original story from the Halifax Courier yesterday, I wrote an article for aidsmap that incorporates comments from two legal experts. I have decided to make this the main article; the original story appears further below. English Appeal … More

Editorial: The Transmission of HIV and the Criminal Law

November 7, 2007

THE TRANSMISSION OF HIV AND THE CRIMINAL LAWEditorial by Matthew Groves in Criminal Law Journal (Australia)(2007) 31 Crim LJ 137There has recently been considerable publicity about the criminal law and the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In South Australia, … More

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