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Global advocacy highlights against HIV criminalisation presented at AIDS 2016

July 22, 2016

Yesterday, at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, the HIV Justice Network and GNP+ presented highlights relating to global advocacy against HIV criminalisation based on updated research from our Advancing HIV Justice 2 report. Advancing HIV Justice: Building momentum in … More

[Feature] Beyond Blame: Challenging HIV Criminalisation

October 1, 2014

Beyond Blame: Challenging HIV Criminalisation A pre-conference meeting for AIDS 2014 In July 2014, at a meeting held to just prior to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia around 150 participants from all regions of the world came together … More

US: Iowa Supreme Court rejects ‘theoretical’ HIV risk, reverses ‘HIV exposure’ conviction

June 16, 2014

Last Friday, June 13, the Iowa Supreme Court set aside the ‘HIV exposure’ conviction of Nick Rhoades, who was initially sentenced to 25 years in prison, with required registration as a sex offender, after having a one-time sexual encounter with … More

US: Iowa modernises its HIV-specific law, SF 2297 passes unanimously

May 1, 2014

(Press release from One Iowa.  Further detailed analysis will be available soon) DES MOINES–After a series of negotiations, a historic bill passed through the Iowa House early this morning that will modernize Iowa’s discriminatory HIV law. Iowa’s current law, 709c, … More

US: Will Donald Bogardus be the last person to be convicted under Iowa’s overly draconian HIV-specific law?

February 12, 2014

Earlier this month, Donald Bogardus, 42, was given the lightest-ever sentence for HIV non-disclosure in Iowa.  He had faced up to 25 years in prison but was given a suspended sentence with two to five years of probation. However, he … More

Interview with Iowa’s Tami Haught on building a broad law reform coalition

May 23, 2013

Meet Tami Haught: Iowa’s Anti-Criminalization Advocate  Tami Haught explains how, with the support of CHAIN (the Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa Network) and hundreds of Iowans living with HIV, she helped build a broad coalition to reform Iowa’s HIV criminalization … More

US: President’s AIDS council calls on feds to help states repeal HIV criminalisation laws

February 12, 2013

Advisory group says these statutes are ‘unjust’ and fuel the epidemic BY TODD HEYWOOD, AMERICAN INDEPENDENT   The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) passed a resolution last week that calls for an end to federal and state HIV-specific criminal … More

US: Public health experts and politicians support advocacy to modernise Iowa’s HIV law

October 11, 2012

Activism to modernise the unscientific, unjust and stigmatising HIV-specific criminal statute in Iowa is heating up.  Last month, the Iowa HIV Community Planning Group voted to support advocacy efforts to have HIV treated like other similar conditions and threats to … More

US: Lambda Legal Appeals Conviction of HIV-Positive Man (Press Release)

June 14, 2012

Lambda Legal Appeals Conviction of HIV-Positive Man “This conviction cannot stand because someone who engages in safe sex is not guilty of criminal transmission of HIV.” (Des Moines, IA, June 14, 2012) – Today Lambda Legal filed an appeal on … More

US: Gay Iowa man who faced 25 years for HIV exposure released from jail (updated)

September 17, 2009

Update: 17th September. Nick Rhoades was interviewed by Lynda Waddington in the Iowa Independent. He was released last Friday (11th) following a reconsideration hearing that had been allowed by District Court Judge Bradley Harris during Mr Rhoades’ sentencing. He is … More

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