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Canada: New film explores the impact of using sexual assault law to prosecute HIV non-disclosure

October 15, 2015

This week sees the release of an important new short film from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Consent: HIV non-disclosure and sexual assault law interrogates whether criminalising HIV non-disclosure does what the Supreme Court of Canada believes it does – … More

Canada: New study finds majority of women living with HIV who also inject drugs face legal obligation to disclose HIV status to sexual partners

July 27, 2015

A new study presented to the International AIDS Society conference in Vancouver, Canada last week (IAS 2015) found that 44 per cent of participants within a research cohort of people who use injection drugs living with HIV in Vancouver would … More

US: REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act reintroduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee even as some US states propose new HIV-specific criminal laws

April 20, 2015

The past month or so has seen a huge amount of activity around overly broad HIV criminalisation in the United States, culminating the reintroduction of the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act by Congresswoman Barbara Lee. As well as on-going arrests and … More

Zimbabwe: HIV-specific criminal law on trial; ZLHR launches campaign highlighting impact of overly broad HIV criminalisation on women

February 17, 2015

Tomorrow, Zimbabwe’s HIV-specific criminal statute, Section 79 of the Zimbabwe Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act 23 of 2004 will be on trial itself, facing its first-ever challenge in the Constitutional Court. The Court will hear arguments on behalf of … More

Canada: Social media campaign ‘Think Twice’ uses video to ask gay men to reconsider pressing charges for HIV non-disclosure

November 23, 2014

Last week saw the launch of a new phase of a targeted social marketing campaign by AIDS ACTION NOW! (AAN) that features 42 short videos from members and allies of Toronto’s LGBTQI community. ‘Think Twice’ asks HIV-negative and untested gay, … More

UK: Study of people with HIV in Manchester finds legal literacy lacking on criminal prosecutions

June 17, 2014

People living with HIV in Manchester appear to have little understanding of their rights and responsibilities under English law to avoid prosecution for ‘reckless’ HIV transmission, according to a study presented to the British HIV Association Conference in Liverpool earlier … More

Switzerland: New handbook for parliamentarians on effective HIV laws includes case study and interview with Green MP Alec von Graffenried

February 4, 2014

A new publication from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), written by Veronica Oakeshott, is an excellent new resource to help inform advocacy efforts to remove punitive laws and policies that impede the HIV response. Aimed … 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

A Spectacle of Stigma: A First-hand Account of a Canadian Criminal HIV Exposure Trial, by Carl W. Rush

January 25, 2013

Carl W Rush’s powerful essay on the trial of Noel Bowland and Steven Boone who were found guilty on two counts each of aggravated sexual assault in December 2012 for allegedly not disclosing that they were HIV-positive before having a … 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

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