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US: Will Donald Bogardus be the last person to be convicted under Iowa’s overly draconian HIV-specific law?

February 12, 2014

Earlier this month, Donald Bogardus, 42, was given the lightest-ever sentence for HIV non-disclosure in Iowa.  He had faced up to 25 years in prison but was given a suspended sentence with two to five years of probation. However, he … More

Uganda: ‘Trial by media’ of nurse accused of exposing a child to HIV via injection sets a ‘dangerous precedent’

February 12, 2014

The ongoing case of Rosemary Namubiru, the Ugandan nurse accused of exposing a child to HIV during the course of administering an injection, is highlighted in a powerful press release issued yesterday by AIDS Free World.  Fortunately, Ms Namubiru is … More

Switzerland: New handbook for parliamentarians on effective HIV laws includes case study and interview with Green MP Alec von Graffenried

February 4, 2014

A new publication from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), written by Veronica Oakeshott, is an excellent new resource to help inform advocacy efforts to remove punitive laws and policies that impede the HIV response. Aimed … More

Research agenda into the public health impact of overly broad HIV criminalisation highlights five areas where researchers and advocates can collaborate

January 31, 2014

A newly published report suggests a number of concrete ways that research into the impact of overly broad HIV criminalisation on public health can move the policy agenda forward, and help reform laws and create better policies for people living … More

US: Congress passes key provision to address overly broad HIV criminalisation in the military

December 23, 2013

On December 19th, the United States Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (fiscal year 2014) which, according to a press release from the Sero Project, “is a significant first step toward reforming the military’s HIV-related policies, and is the … 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

Greece: ‘Ruins’ documentary and panel discussion now available in full online, support the women’s legal battle for justice

December 4, 2013

The events documented in Zoe Mavroudi’s powerful documentary, Ruins – now available to watch in full online with a choice of English, Finnish, French, German, Polish, Spanish and Swedish subtitles – are a ‘perfect storm’ of problematic criminal justice responses … More

US: Lambda Legal highlights 15 ways that HIV criminalisation laws harm us all

December 1, 2013

For World AIDS Day 2013, Lambda Legal created a social media campaign on Facebook and on its own blog highlighting all the different ways the overly broad HIV criminalisation laws in the United States harm public health, result in unjust … More

Canada: Nova Scotia court acquits young man with undetectable viral load of aggravated sexual assault for HIV non-disclosure despite no condom use

November 19, 2013

by Cecile Kazatchkine, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network On November 8 2013, the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia in Canada released a very encouraging decision in a case of HIV non-disclosure. A young man with an undetectable viral … More

Sweden: Court of Appeal acquits ‘HIV exposure’ case, recognises National Board of Health and Welfare endorsement of ‘Swiss statement’, Minister for Social Affairs will consider reviewing application of law

October 29, 2013

Today, the Court of Appeal for Skåne and Blekinge has acquitted a man from Malmö previously convicted of exposing four women to HIV on the grounds that since he had a stable undetectable viral load on antiretrovirall treatment with no … More

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