The latest cases curated for the HIV Justice Network from global news reports.  Older cases from the Criminal HIV Transmission blog are also included.


Australia: Not guilty verdict in Melbourne HIV exposure trial

April 4, 2008

A man whose case notes were released to police investigating Michael Neal has been found not guilty of criminal HIV transmission, reports The Geelong Advertiser. The prosecution’s case against Mr Solomon Mwale, 38, originally from Zambia, hinged on the timing … More

Australia: Jilted wife accuses husband of criminal HIV transmission twelve years after alleged event

March 29, 2008

A 39 year-old HIV-positive Melbourne man is being accused of “intentionally causing another person to become infected with a very serious disease, reckless conduct endangering life and reckless conduct endangering serious injury” more than twelve years after the alleged event. … More

US: Illinois man imprisoned for ten years for HIV exposure (again)

March 29, 2008

A 24 year-old man who was charged with HIV exposure after serving four years for the same ‘crime’, has been sentenced to ten years in prison, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Man imprisoned again for not telling sex partners he has … More

Canada: Ryan Handy gets eight months in prison for HIV exposure

March 28, 2008

Ryan Handy, whose HIV exposure conviction galvanised Toronto’s gay community, has been sentenced to eight months in jail; given a two- year probation order with conditions that include continuing his treatment for mental illness, no illegal drugs, disclosing his HIV … More

US: Man gets nine months for HIV exposure in Virginia

March 27, 2008

A North Carolina man has received a nine month jail term after pleading guilty to HIV exposure in neighbouring Virginia. Interestingly, the female complainant remained in a relationship with the man after she discovered his HIV status, having protected sex … More

US; South Carolina man charged with HIV exposure

March 25, 2008

A South Carolina man has been charged with exposing his girlfriend to HIV without disclosing his status. The woman is now HIV-positive, but the story – surprisingly well-written and balanced for a local newspaper – does not suggest that he … More

Australia: Melbourne man not guilty of reckless HIV transmission

March 20, 2008

A Melbourne man on trial for reckless HIV transmission was found not guilty by a jury this week. Details are sparse, but it seems the case hinged on whether the accused had disclosed his HIV status to the complainant before … More

Australia: Melbourne man on trial for reckless HIV transmission

March 12, 2008

An HIV-positive Melbourne man is on trial for reckless HIV transmission. It’s not clear from the report whether the complainant is a man or a woman, but my gut reaction is that this is a heterosexual case. The case appears … More

US: Illinois man accused of HIV exposure after serving time for HIV transmission

February 28, 2008

A 24 year-old Illinois man, who previously served four years for criminal HIV transmission has now been accused by his former, pregnant, girlfriend – and her sister, with whom he also had sex – of criminal HIV exposure. Bethalto is … More

Canada: Condom use no defence for HIV exposure liability (updated)

February 25, 2008

Update: Monday 16.37. It appears that the news report got it completely wrong, and that the law in Canada has not changed by stealth. Critically, the complainant was being tried for HIV exposure (sexual assault and aggravated assault) for a … More

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