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Africa: Moving towards revolutionising approaches to HIV criminalisation

June 29, 2017

“We have all agreed with the Sustainable Development Goal of ending HIV and Tuberculosis by 2030. We cannot get there while we are arresting the same people we are supposed to ensure are accessing treatment and living positively,” said Dr … More

Advocates fighting to end HIV criminalisation reach a global TV/web audience on The Stream

June 28, 2016

Last night, HIV criminalisation advocacy reached a global audience on both TV and the internet with The Stream, on Al Jazeera English. During the 30 minute programme, HIV criminalisation survivor, and Sero advisory board member, Ken Pinkela appeared with co-hosts … More

Zimbabwe: HIV-specific criminal law on trial; ZLHR launches campaign highlighting impact of overly broad HIV criminalisation on women

February 17, 2015

Tomorrow, Zimbabwe’s HIV-specific criminal statute, Section 79 of the Zimbabwe Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act 23 of 2004 will be on trial itself, facing its first-ever challenge in the Constitutional Court. The Court will hear arguments on behalf of … More

African HIV criminalisation achievements and challenges highlighted at ICASA 2013

December 11, 2013

The African continent has more countries with overly broad and vague HIV-specific laws relating to HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission than any other global region, nearly all of which have been enacted in the past decade. Although North America is … More

Zimbabwe: Blame, responsibility, impact of criminalisation on women analysed

October 5, 2008

Excellent opinion piece in the Zimbabwean newspaper, The Herald, which discusses blame and responsibility and the impact of criminalisation of HIV transmission on women.   Blame Game Won’t Change a Thing The Herald (Harare) Beatrice Tonhodzayi 4 October 2008She is … More

Zimbabwe: Woman pleads guilty to unprotected sex, gets five years suspended sentence

April 9, 2008

A 26 year-old woman who pleaded guilty to having unprotected sex with her partner in 2007 was given a five year suspended sentence primarily because the lover did not test HIV-positive. The woman was convicted under s79 of the Zimbabwe … More

Zimbabwe: HIV transmission via rape of minors ‘a major driver’ of HIV

January 7, 2008

A 16 year-old alleges that she was raped and infected with HIV by her 50 year-old brother-in-law. The man has since been arrested and charged with rape, but is out on bail. “Victim Friendly Court national co-ordinator Mr Idine Magonga … More

Africa’s HIV transmission laws based on questionable science

August 31, 2007

Africa’s HIV transmission laws based on questionable scienceby Cassandra Willyard, New York Nature Medicine 13, 890 (2007)Published online: 31 August 2007 Faced with an AIDS epidemic that kills millions every year, countries in sub-Saharan Africa are contemplating a new prevention … More

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