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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: REPEAL ACT to modernise HIV criminalisation laws reintroduced with bipartisan support

May 8, 2013

Yesterday, California Congresswoman Barbara Lee (Democrat) was joined by Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Republican) to introduce a new version of the ‘Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal HIV Discrimination Act’ (the ‘REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act’, or the ‘REPEAL … More

Law Enforcement and HIV Policy Groups Release Fact Sheet for Police on HIV Risks “Spit Does Not Transmit” Intended to Reduce Officer Anxiety and Needless “Exposure” Prosecutions (Press Release)

April 2, 2013

The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the American Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (AAPA) today released a new fact sheet that they hope will bring law enforcement officers up … More

US: New toolkit for lawyers defending HIV-related prosecutions now available

March 13, 2013

A new toolkit from the Center for HIV Law and Policy / Positive Justice Project, released earlier this month, provides a wealth of information for lawyers representing people living with HIV who are facing criminal prosecution based on HIV status. … 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: New Study Questions Michigan’s “Health Threat” Law (Press Release)

January 31, 2013

Michigan health officials are using HIV surveillance technologies to assist in enforcing a “health threat” law that makes it illegal for HIV-positive people to have sex without disclosing their status. A new University of Michigan study reveals that health officials … More

US: Anti-criminalisation advocacy goes mainstream for World AIDS Day

December 5, 2012

World AIDS Day saw unprecedented media attention on advocacy against HIV criminalisation in the United States. Following on from the flurry of media interest stemming from advocacy at the International AIDS Conference held in Washington DC this summer, including a … More

US: HIV Medicine Association calls for repeal of HIV-specific laws

October 26, 2012

The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has issued a strong statement urging the repeal of HIV criminalisation statutes in the United States. The HIVMA statement, which represents physicians, scientists and other health care … More

US: Sero Project to present new data on harm of HIV criminalisation to Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA)

October 24, 2012

Tomorrow, Thursday October 25th, the Sero Project, a human rights organisation comprised of people living with HIV who seek to end inappropriate criminal prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure or for potential or perceived HIV exposure or transmission, will present new data … 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

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