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Canada: Supreme Court decisions increase risk of violence, coercion & criminalization against women with HIV (Editorial)

October 6, 2012

Reposted from AIDS ACTION NOW! Today the Supreme Court of Canada cemented Canada’s position as the world-leader in the criminalization of people living with HIV. We want to focus our first post on the negative impact of the decision on … More

Sweden: Majority of MPs want to reform HIV disclosure obligation and ‘HIV exposure’ criminal liability

October 4, 2012

Two articles commemorating 30 years of HIV in Sweden in Svenska Dagbladet by journalist Tobias Brandel suggest that public – and political – opinion is being positively impacted by a two-year campaign by RFSU (the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education), … More

Denmark: Safer sex without a condom (editorial)

June 15, 2012

Below is an excellent editorial by Henriette Laursen, director of AIDS-Fondet, and Susan Cowan, staff specialist at Statens Serum Institut, on the current state of HIV science and how it should impact the Danish Government’s deliberations on whether or not … More

US: New York Court of Appeals Says HIV+ Man’s Saliva Is Not a “Dangerous Instrument” (Press Release)

June 7, 2012

New York Court of Appeals Says HIV+ Man’s Saliva Is Not a “Dangerous Instrument” Punishing People on the Basis of Physical Attributes Would Create “Sliding Scale of Criminal Liability” New York, June 7, 2012 – Legal and public health experts … More

Greece: Matthew Weait on the moral panic over the mass arrest of female sex workers with HIV

May 3, 2012

Matthew Weait, Professor of Law and Policy at Birkbeck College, University of London guest blogs on Wednesday’s arrest of 17 HIV-positive women who allegedly worked illegally as sex workers.  Greek authorities are accusing them of intentionally causing serious bodily harm.  … More

US: Positive Justice Project Watching NY Court of Appeals on “Deadly Saliva” Case

April 26, 2012

Today, the New York Court of Appeals will hear the case of David Plunkett who was convicted for aggravated assault after allegedly biting a police officer during his 2006 arrest.  The case rests on whether the saliva of someone with … More

Sweden: Latest HIV non-disclosure prosecution highlights why Sweden’s “nanny state” is getting it so wrong

April 18, 2012

Last week a 31-year-old woman, previously found guilty of attempted aggravated assault for having unprotected sex with her male partner without disclosing her HIV-positive status, was sentenced by the Falun District Court to 18 months in prison.  The man has … More

Austria: Man accused of criminal HIV transmission fights “unconstitutional” forced blood test

January 18, 2012

A man in Austria is taking a case to the Constitutional Court that challenges the forcible testing of blood for HIV (as well as for use in phylogenetic analysis) that was legalised on 1 January 2012 through an amendment of … More

Tell your story – how are you impacted by HIV criminalisation?

August 4, 2011

Understanding the unintended impacts of the criminalisation of HIV exposure or transmission – way beyond the relatively few individuals who are accused, arrested and/or prosecuted – can play a crucial part in advocating against such laws and prosecutions. Over the … More

Denmark: HIV criminalisation exports stigma, writes Justice Edwin Cameron

June 14, 2011

Denmark’s leading broadsheet newspaper, Politiken, last week published an article by Justice Edwin Cameron of the South African Constitutional Court congratulating Denmarks’ recent suspension of its HIV-specific criminal statute, and asking that it considers abolishing it altogether – otherwise it … More

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