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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

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

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

UK: The return of the “HIV Monster”

July 27, 2011

The British tabloid press had a field day yesterday following the sentencing of Nkosinati Mabanda, 44, at Wolverhampton Crown Court for ‘reckless’ HIV transmission. He received a four year prison sentence; was also given an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) ordering … More

US: State public health officials condemn ‘stigmatising, harmful’ HIV-specific laws

March 15, 2011

This weekend, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) released a statement that signifies an extremely important development in the Positive Justice Project’s campaign to repeal HIV-specific criminal laws in the United States. NASTAD is a highly-respected … More

US: Montana legislator’s HIV “ignorance in the first degree” exposed and denounced

February 10, 2011

Judicial ignorance is something I often highlight on my blog. Sadly, it is most often (but not exclusively) seen in the United States – a place where a Michigan prosecutor believes that biting someone in self-defence is terrorism if the … More

US: Michigan bite man charged under anti-terrorism laws gets 11 months probation in plea deal (update-4)

December 8, 2010

Update: Dec 8th 2010 Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Peter Maceroni today sentenced the 46 year-old Michigan man once charged under terrorism laws for allegedly biting his neighbour to eleven months on probation after pleading guilty to a single assault … More

Opinion: I Am HIV Positive and I Don’t Blame Anybody—Including Myself

November 12, 2010

A few months ago, I received an email from a young researcher and activist living with HIV.  Kirk Grisham said some very nice things about my work, and told me that I had inspired him to both write about the … More

US: Majority of gay US men support criminal non-disclosure laws

September 21, 2010

The overwhelming majority (70%) of HIV-negative and untested men (69%) in the United States support prosecutions for not disclosing known HIV-positive status before sex that may risk HIV transmission, according to a new study by Keith J. Horvatha, Richard Weinmeyera … More

South Africa: Opposition leader Helen Zille says HIV exposure is ‘attempted murder’, cites Nadja Benaissa case as example

September 13, 2010

South Africa’s leader of the Democratic Alliance opposition party, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has said that HIV-positive people who knowingly have unprotected sex without disclosing their status, should be charged with attempted murder. She also cited the recent case … More

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