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US: REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act reintroduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee even as some US states propose new HIV-specific criminal laws

April 20, 2015

The past month or so has seen a huge amount of activity around overly broad HIV criminalisation in the United States, culminating the reintroduction of the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act by Congresswoman Barbara Lee. As well as on-going arrests and … More

Texas: Another ‘deadly weapon’ HIV exposure conviction: 15 years for one-off sexual encounter

August 14, 2010

A 26 year-old man from the small Texan town of Copperas Cove has been sentenced to 15 years in prison with an additional $3000 fine after pleading guilty to charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The aggravated assault? Having … More

US: Padieu gives TV interview, highlights Texan ‘injustice’

June 3, 2009

It wouldn’t happen anywhere else, but three days after Philippe Padieu was sentenced to 45 years in prison after being found guilty of six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, after having unprotected sex without first disclosing his … More

US: Texan man found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for reckless HIV transmission

May 30, 2009

A Texas jury has found 53 year-old Philippe Padieu of Frisco, Texas, guilty of six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is the sixteenth person with HIV in Texas to be successfully prosecuted for either HIV exposure … More

US: Another Dallas man accused of using his HIV as a weapon

June 9, 2008

Just weeks after a Dallas court controversially handed down a 35 year prison sentence to an HIV-positive man for spitting at a police officer – with the jury finding his saliva to be a weapon – a second HIV-positive Dallas … More

US: Spitting as a deadly weapon: analysis

May 16, 2008

I have just written a news feature for analysing the recent conviction of an HIV-positive man in Texas to 35 years in prison for spitting at a policeman. The first few paragraphs are below, but to read the article … More

US: Texas man gets 35 years for spitting; saliva was ‘deadly weapon’

May 15, 2008

A 42 year-old HIV-positive man who spat at a police officer during his arrest for being drunk and disorderly has been sentenced to 35 years in prison by a Dallas court and must serve at least half of his sentence … More

US: Texas man arrested for HIV exposure

July 25, 2007 Frisco Man Accused of Knowingly Spreading HIV Last Edited: Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007, 6:14 AM CDT Created: Tuesday, 24 Jul 2007, 9:55 PM CDT Philippe Padieu FRISCO — A 51-year-old martial arts instructor is accused of recklessly endangering at … More

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