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Nigeria: Advocates successfully argue for removal of HIV criminalisation clause from draft HIV and AIDS Anti-Discrimination Act

February 12, 2013

Advocates in Nigeria have successfullly argued to remove a clause criminalising the ‘willful or deliberate spead of HIV’ from the latest draft of the long-awaited HIV and AIDS Anti-Discrimination Act. Last week, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS … More

Austria: HIV-positive man aquitted for ‘oral sex without ejaculation’ (Update)

December 18, 2012

Update: December 18th A gay man on trial for allegedly exposing his ex-partner to HIV during ‘oral sex without ejaculation’ has been acquitted. The judge told the 37 year-old defendant that he had acted “entirely properly” according to Austria’s ‘safer … More

US: Anti-criminalisation advocacy goes mainstream for World AIDS Day

December 5, 2012

World AIDS Day saw unprecedented media attention on advocacy against HIV criminalisation in the United States. Following on from the flurry of media interest stemming from advocacy at the International AIDS Conference held in Washington DC this summer, including a … More

US: HIV Medicine Association calls for repeal of HIV-specific laws

October 26, 2012

The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has issued a strong statement urging the repeal of HIV criminalisation statutes in the United States. The HIVMA statement, which represents physicians, scientists and other health care … More

Video: Seminar on HIV Criminalisation, Berlin, 20 September 2012 (EATG/DAH/IPPF/HIV in Europe)

October 23, 2012

This international conference on the criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure, potential or perceived HIV exposure and non-intentional HIV transmission took place at the Rotes Rathaus in Berlin on 20th September 2012. HIV advocates, law and human rights experts and other concerned … More

US: Public health experts and politicians support advocacy to modernise Iowa’s HIV law

October 11, 2012

Activism to modernise the unscientific, unjust and stigmatising HIV-specific criminal statute in Iowa is heating up.  Last month, the Iowa HIV Community Planning Group voted to support advocacy efforts to have HIV treated like other similar conditions and threats to … More

Overcoming HIV criminalisation together! (Press release)

September 19, 2012

This is an unofficial English translation of the press release: Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe: Overcoming HIV criminalisation together! Berlin – An international conference on the criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure, potential or perceived HIV exposure and non-intentional HIV transmission will take place at … More

HIV Criminalization – An Epidemic Of Ignorance? Press Conference at AIDS 2012 (Press Release)

July 24, 2012

For Immediate Release ****MEDIA ADVISORY**** Press Conference: 10am, Wednesday 25th July, Press Conference Room 2 HIV Criminalization – An Epidemic Of Ignorance? Laws and prosecutions that single out people with living with HIV are ineffective, counterproductive and unjust. As delegates … More

Dominican Republic: Urge President Fernández to repeal HIV criminalisation laws

June 22, 2012

A campaign to request the urgent modification of two HIV-specific criminal statutes in the Dominican Republic has gone viral. I first became aware of the campaign via Twitter (in Spanish) and now ITPC (the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition) has circulated … More

Norway: First gay man to be prosecuted goes public, makes a real difference (corrected)

April 27, 2012

Correction: Louis Gay tells me that he is not the first gay man to be prosecuted in Norway. I am the first one to be prosecuted for practicing “safer sex” (oral sex, only. with no condom and no contact with … More

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