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Spain: Supreme Court upholds nine year sentence for ‘reckless’ HIV transmission; BBC Mundo publishes analysis

February 3, 2015

Spain’s Supreme Court last week upheld a nine-year prison sentence for a man, known as ‘ABM’, who did not disclose his HIV-positive status to his former partner, who is now also living with HIV.  Although the reports do not state under … More

[Feature] Beyond Blame: Challenging HIV Criminalisation

October 1, 2014

Beyond Blame: Challenging HIV Criminalisation A pre-conference meeting for AIDS 2014 In July 2014, at a meeting held to just prior to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia around 150 participants from all regions of the world came together … More

Sweden: Supreme Court refuses to rule on treatment’s impact on HIV risk even as a second Court of Appeal judgement recognises latest science

September 25, 2014

Last week, Sweden’s Supreme Court announced that it would not grant leave to appeal in a case where the prosecution had appealed an acquittal from Court of Appeal regarding a man living with HIV, on successful antiretroviral therapy, who had … More

Outrage HIV Justice Film Festival debuts at AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, first ever film festival to focus on HIV criminalisation

June 30, 2014

In the lead-up to AIDS 2014, ten powerful thought-provoking films from seven countries over three days (18, 19 and 21 July 2014) will outrage Melbourne film-goers by exploring how laws and policies aimed at controlling, punishing or disempowering specific groups … More

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

Feature: ProPublica and BuzzFeed publish the most comprehensive article yet on HIV non-disclosure laws in the United States

December 4, 2013

Sex, Lies and HIV: When What You Don’t Tell Your Partner Is a Crime by Sergio Hernandez, Special to ProPublica, Dec. 1, 2013. This story was co-published with BuzzFeed. [Un sommaire en français est aussi disponible ici] Nick Rhoades was … More

Greece: Scientists and human rights campaigners condemn the reinstatement of Provision 39A allowing forced HIV testing of suspected sex workers, drug users and undocumented migrants

July 8, 2013

Reinstatement of controversial Health Provision slammed by HIV and Human Rights Groups, by Zoe Mavroudi [Republished from the radiobubble blog, with thanks to Zoe Mavroudi] A legal provision that led to mass arrests of HIV-positive women in Greece in 2012 … More

United States Conference of Mayors calls for “the elimination of HIV-specific criminal laws”

June 25, 2013

Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution calling for “the elimination of HIV-specific criminal laws and implementation of approaches to HIV within the civil and criminal justice systems that are consistent with the treatment of similar health and … More

Canada: Police training and guidelines in criminal HIV non-disclosure cases urgently required

March 14, 2013

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) have submitted a paper to the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Diversity Committee, informed by their extensive experience in working on the issue. The paper includes … More

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