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Groups call for revising HIV disclosure statute

September 12, 2012

MASON CITY – Nick Rhoades served time in prison, including six weeks in solitary confinement, lost many of his privacy rights and must register as a sex offender for life. His crime: not disclosing to a partner with whom he was intimate that he was HIV-positive. “Does the punishment fit the harm done?”

Man, 30, charged with attempted murder after boy, 15, contracts HIV after sex – Pembroke Pines –

September 12, 2012

A 30-year-old Sunrise man is charged with attempted second-degree murder and criminal transmission of the AIDS virus, along with five other charges involving sex with a 15-year-old boy, according to Pembroke Pines police. Keith “Keyoko” Sumlin was arrested Wednesday after the boy told his mother the two had sex and that he later heard the older man was HIV positive, according to a police report.

South Carolina female sex worker arrested for alleged HIV non-disclosure

Police: "Known prostitute" exposed man to HIV |
September 12, 2012

A Rock Hill woman is behind bars after a man told police he had sex with her when she knew she was HIV-positive. The victim, a 42-year-old Rock Hill man, told officers he picked up 40-year-old Kimberly Thompson in late August and drove her to the 900 block of Blackmon Road where the couple engaged in intercourse.

Man tells Dallas Police he stabbed woman to death because she said she was HIV-positive after sex

September 12, 2012

“She killed me so I killed her.” According to a Dallas Police arrest affidavit, that is the reason 36-year-old Larry Dunn offered detectives for stabbing to death Cicely Bolden, who, as we noted this morning, was found Thursday afternoon in her southeast Oak Cliff apartment by her children returning home from school.

Gay man in Flint, Michigan arrested for alleged HIV non-disclosure

Man arrested for knowingly infecting victims with HIV
September 12, 2012

FLINT — Sheriff Pickell and the Genesee County Health Department call it a public health advisory. 44-year old Johnnie Dushan Peters is charged after officials say he knowlingly had sex with other men but never disclosed he has HIV.

Thoughtful article contextualises Maryland man’s arrest for alleged HIV non-disclosure

Edgemere man faces rarely used HIV transmission charges
September 12, 2012

Baltimore County prosecutors have accused Steven Douglas Podles of knowingly attempting to transmit the HIV virus to a teenager – a seldom-used, and often controversial, charge. But even as prosecutors prepare their case against Podles, the effectiveness of such laws is being debated by legislators and public health officials from Maryland to California.

Zimbabwe: Woman, 22, accuses former partner, 38, of “alleged deliberate infection”

September 6, 2012

A Chitungwiza woman, who is accusing her husband of deliberately infecting her with HIV, collapsed in court yesterday upon seeing the man entering in the company of a lawyer. Business came to a standstill as court officials battled to resuscitate the woman who spent almost 30 minutes unconscious.

Raising Your Voice Can Raise The Odds Of Success

September 6, 2012

By Alex GarnerEditor-at-Large Editor’s Note: I had the privilege of meeting Louis Gay while in DC at the International AID Conference. Louis faces criminal charges in Norway because he is HIV-positive and didn’t disclose prior to oral sex, even though no transmission occurred.

A gay African man in the UK writes about the development of his thoughts about the appropriateness of using the criminal law to punish people living with HIV

People who knowingly pass on HIV shouldn’t walk free
September 3, 2012

Over the past few years I have had the opportunity of people telling me about their HIV diagnosis. This is possibly based on the fact that as an HIV positive person, I have been very open about my infection. However this was not something that happened over night.

Editorial by Global Commission’s Cardoso and UNDP’s Helen Clark

A new prescription for Aids – The Nation
September 3, 2012

Laws should make things better. Sadly, as we stand at the precipice of finally ending Aids, an epidemic of archaic and insensitive laws is stifling our efforts and making things far worse. The Global Commission on “HIV and the Law” came together to address this hidden crisis.

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