The latest news written for the HIV Justice Network by Edwin J Bernard


India: Delhi judge allows man to divorce wife because she is HIV-positive

November 2, 2007

Court allows ‘HIV’ divorce In the first case of its kind, a Delhi court granted divorce to a man because he could not have sexual intercourse with his HIV-positive wife. Additional district judge Rajnish Bhatnagar allowed the divorce petition filed … More

Botswana: MPs consider criminalising HIV transmission

October 16, 2007

Criminalising HIV transmission sparks debate LOBATSE – The issue of criminalising intentional transmission of HIV received mixed reaction from residents of Lobatse and surrounding areas. While some accepted the idea of making intentional spread the disease a criminal offence, others … More

Sweden: ‘The Sun’ on UK man charged with criminal HIV transmission

October 6, 2007

Brit hit with HIV sex rap Published: 06 Oct 2007 A BRITISH sex beast was last night charged in Sweden with infecting two women with HIV and putting 14 more at risk. Christer Merrill Aggett, 32, met the women on … More

Singapore: Criminal HIV transmission laws proposed

September 30, 2007,4136,143384,00.html I may have HIV। Will you still sleep with me? Under proposed changes to law, those at risk must disclose sex history to partner TELL the truth, says a new legal proposal that seeks to put the onus on … More

Editorial: HIV forensics in the BMJ

September 19, 2007 HIV sequences cannot prove guilt 19 September 2007 People infected with HIV might well want to know who gave it to them – but the genetic sequence of their virus won’t tell them. The virus is now routinely sequenced … More

UK: HIV-positive asylum seeker found not guilty of rape

September 8, 2007 Rape case asylum seeker has to stay 3:54pm Saturday 8th September 2007 An HIV-positive asylum seeker, who was cleared of rape after having unprotected sex with a woman at her flat, cannot be returned to his home country because … 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

Australia: New policy suggests doctors will report ‘risky’ HIV-positive patients

July 25, 2007

‘Risky’ HIV carriers to be reported by Julia Medew and Carol Nader July 25, 2007 CIVIL libertarians have attacked a decision by Australia’s health ministers to introduce mandatory reporting by doctors of “risky” HIV patients to state health authorities. … More

Australia: Editorial argues epidemiological information should be used to prosecute ‘reckless’ individuals

May 14, 2007

An editorial in The Age argues that Australia’s HIV Epidemiology Project should be used to track down individuals who are ‘reckless’ so that they can be prosecuted. This is not only unethical, it is also not scientifically possible given the … More

Australia: Federal goverment plans HIV genotype database to ‘trace reckless infections’

April 28, 2007

‘The Age’ reports on the HIV Epidemiology Project which may be used to trace people who criminally transmit HIV. Full report below: Plan to genetically trace reckless HIV infections Julia MedewApril 28, 2007 People who have recklessly or deliberately infected … More

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