Missouri police, prosecutors and media reach new low in history of overly zealous policing of overly broad HIV criminalisation [updated]

July 22, 2015

Following the prosecution and conviction of Michael Johnson, the US state of Missouri is now ‘ground zero’ for both overly broad HIV criminalisation and overly zealous law enforcement. Yesterday police arrested (and alerted media to) a man whose only ‘crime’ … More

Ending overly broad HIV criminalization: Canadian scientists and clinicians stand for justice

July 21, 2015

This week, thousands of HIV scientists and clinicians are meeting in Vancouver at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, also known as IAS2015. The focus is on ending the AIDS epidemic through new evidence … More

South Africa: President Zuma has NOT passed an ‘HIV tattoo’ law but much of Africa thinks he has

June 4, 2015

In January 25th of this year, a South African satirical news site,, published a ‘story’ headlined, ‘Law Passed: All HIV Positive People Would Be Marked Near Their Genitals’. The ‘story’ reads as follows: President Zuma signed a bill that seem … More

Keynote address by Justice OBK Dingake to the SADC PF Standing Committee on Human and Social Development and special interogation of criminalisation of HIV exposure and transmission in the SADC region

June 3, 2015

The following is the keynote address by Justice Dr. Oagile Key Dingake presented to a meeting co-hosted by the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) and the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) of the SADC … More

Repealing Section 19A: How we got there, by Paul Kidd, Chair of the HIV Legal Working Group

May 28, 2015

Australia’s only HIV-specific criminal law, section 19A of the Crimes Act in the state of Victoria, has now been repealed. This is an exciting step forward for those of us working to turn around Victoria’s poor record on criminalisation of … More

Bringing Science to Justice: Beyond the Canadian Consensus Statement on HIV and its Transmission in the Context of Criminal Law

May 11, 2015

In 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada took a step in the wrong direction. The Court made a harmful decision that would have people living with HIV charged with aggravated sexual assault, jailed, and registered as sexual offenders – all … More

Greece: Repeal of Health Decree 39A must be followed by further initiatives to protect human rights and to reverse the HIV stigma left on Greek society and political life

April 21, 2015

Guest blog post by the production team of Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-Hunt An official repeal of Health Decree 39A has been published on the Official Journal of the Hellenic Republic as of Friday, April 17. The decree led … More

HIV Justice Network’s response to the Law Commission’s Scoping Review of the law in England & Wales that is used to prosecute ‘reckless’ and ‘intentional’ HIV/STI transmission

February 11, 2015

Today was the deadline for responses to the scoping consultation of the reform the Offences Against The Person Act, undertaken by the Law Commission. This is the law in England and Wales that is currently used to prosecute people living … More

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