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Canada: Xtra publishes its anti-criminalisation piece-de-resistance

October 2, 2009

Just a week after Canada’s national gay paper, Xtra, published a radically anti-criminalisation interview on their website,, comes their piece-de-resistance, Beyond the Courts: a smart, well-written and researched 5,000 word essay from queer Canadian writer/advocate Shawn Syms, whose previous … More

US: Gay Iowa man who faced 25 years for HIV exposure released from jail (updated)

September 17, 2009

Update: 17th September. Nick Rhoades was interviewed by Lynda Waddington in the Iowa Independent. He was released last Friday (11th) following a reconsideration hearing that had been allowed by District Court Judge Bradley Harris during Mr Rhoades’ sentencing. He is … More

Africa: HIV Laws Do More Harm Than Good by Miriam Mannak (IPS)

August 6, 2009

I received an email last week from Miriam Mannak, a freelance writer based in Cape Town, South Africa who keeps on blog on AIDS in Africa. She recently contributed this excellent piece on the spectre of criminalisation on her continent … More

Africa: PlusNews publishes in-depth analysis of criminalisation throughout the continent

December 9, 2008

PlusNews, the global online HIV and AIDS news service of the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), has published an excellent in-depth analysis of criminalisation in Africa. A collection of short articles focusing on various aspects of criminalisation in … More

Zimbabwe: Blame, responsibility, impact of criminalisation on women analysed

October 5, 2008

Excellent opinion piece in the Zimbabwean newspaper, The Herald, which discusses blame and responsibility and the impact of criminalisation of HIV transmission on women.   Blame Game Won’t Change a Thing The Herald (Harare) Beatrice Tonhodzayi 4 October 2008She is … More

Canada: Ryan Handy, convicted of HIV exposure, in his own words

February 1, 2008

In an extraordinary coup, Canada’s gay newspaper, Xtra, has an interview with Ryan Handy, the 25 year-old found guilty of criminal HIV exposure in November, and who will be sentenced on March 27th. Click here for a page refresh with … More

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