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Canada: Study finds HIV criminalisation creates uncertainty, fear, and vulnerability

October 11, 2012

Last week’s devastating ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada was quick to dismiss evidence that that HIV criminalisation was damaging to public health.  “The only ‘evidence’ was studies presented by interveners suggesting that criminalization ‘probably’ acts as a deterrent … More

US: Study finds criminalising alleged HIV non-disclosure an ineffective HIV prevention tool

October 2, 2012

A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health by the leading US researcher into the impacts of HIV criminalisation, Carol Galletly J.D. and Ph.D., of the Center for AIDS Intervention Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, … More

HIV Criminalisation Discourages HIV Testing, Creates Disabling and Uncertain Legal Environment for People with HIV in U.S. (Press Release)

July 25, 2012

The SERO Project: National Criminalization Survey Washington, D.C. July 25, 2012 Preliminary data from the Sero Project’s ground-breaking survey of more than two thousand people living with HIV (PLHIV) in the U.S., released July 25, 2012, at the International AIDS … More

HIV criminalisation at AIDS 2012 (updated July 23)

July 23, 2012

The main focus of the International AIDS Conference, taking place right now in Washington DC until July 29th might not be the criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure, potential exposure and transmission, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of sessions, meetings … More

Global Commission on HIV and the Law: an analysis of their HIV criminalisation recommendations

July 9, 2012

Today, the Global Commission on HIV and the Law finally issued its long-awaited report, ‘HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights and Health.’  It was well worth the wait. “Fundamentally unjust, morally harmful, and virtually impossible to enforce with any semblance … More

Norway: Prof. Matthew Weait delivers stirring clarion call to recognise harm of HIV criminalisation

April 17, 2012

Yesterday Professor Matthew Weait, Professor of Law and Policy at Birkbeck College, University of London delivered a stirring lecture to the public health professionals involved in implementing Norway’s HIV strategy.  As Norway is currently reconsidering its criminal code as it … More

Important new research project on HIV criminalisation and law reform in Nordic countries by Prof. Matthew Weait

December 12, 2011

Following on from yesterday’s post on advocacy efforts underway in Sweden, other Nordic countries and Switzerland,  my friend and colleague, Matthew Weait, Professor of Law and Policy at Birkbeck College, University of London is about to undertake an important new … More

Punitive Economies: The Criminalization of HIV Transmission and Exposure in Europe

November 14, 2011

Last week, Professor Matthew Weait presented this excellent paper at The Future of European Prevention Among MSM Conference (FEMP 2011) in Stockholm, Sweden. I’ll also quote from the introduction here, but the entire paper is a must-read, and can be … More

UNAIDS announces new project examining “best available scientific evidence to inform the criminal law”

April 27, 2011

A new project announced yesterday by UNAIDS will “further investigate current scientific, medical, legal and human rights aspects of the criminalization of HIV transmission. This project aims to ensure that the application, if any, of criminal law to HIV transmission … More

US: Positive Justice Project publishes essential new advocacy resource

November 17, 2010

The Center for HIV Law and Policy has released the first comprehensive analysis of HIV-specific criminal laws and prosecutions in the United States. The publication, Ending and Defending Against HIV Criminalization: State and Federal Laws and Prosecutions, covers policies and … More

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