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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

Canada: New report calls for prosecutorial guidelines to establish ‘significant risk’

August 24, 2010

A new report, launched at AIDS 2010 in Vienna last month, recommends that the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General establish a consultation process to inform the development of prosecution guidelines for cases involving allegations of non-disclosure of sexually transmitted … More

Global: AIDS 2010 round-up part 2: Posters

August 19, 2010

This selection of posters presented in Vienna follows up from my previous AIDS 2010 posting on the sessions, meetings and media reporting that took place during last month’s XVIII International AIDS Conference.  I’ll be a highlighting a few others in … More

Global: AIDS 2010 round-up part 1: sessions, meetings and media reports

August 5, 2010

A remarkable amount of advocacy and information sharing took place during the XVIII International AIDS Conference held in Vienna last month.  Over the next few blog posts, I’ll be highlighting as much as I can starting with a round-up of … More

Global: ‘Where HIV is a crime, not just a virus’ – updated Top 20 table and video presentation now online

August 4, 2010

Where HIV Is a Crime, Not Just a Virus from HIV Action on Vimeo. Here is my presentation providing a global overview of laws and prosecutions at the XVIII International AIDS Conference, Vienna, on 22 July 2010. Abstract: Where HIV … More

Australia: New publication examines criminalisation; works as advocacy tool

November 24, 2009

NAPWA monograph:click on image to downloadThere have been some very important policy developments in Australia recently that I’ve been waiting to post about until I’d finished reading the entire (Australian) National Association of People Living With HIV/AIDS (NAPWA) monograph, The … More

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

Switzerland: New study examines every criminal prosecution; finds Swiss law discriminatory

September 24, 2009

A new and important study of criminal HIV exposure and transmission cases in Switzerland was published yesterday. Update: An English-language version of the Swiss AIDS Federation’s six page summary is now available. Download the pdf here. With the support of … More

New Zealand: ‘HIV predator’ case increases testing and stigma

July 10, 2009

Following the intense media reporting of the alleged ‘HIV predator’ case, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation reports that the case has increased stigma against people already living with HIV, and also increased the number of people coming forward for HIV … More

Global prosecutions league table sees Sweden on top

June 16, 2009

I’ve just done a rather quick and dirty calculation of prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure, exposure or transmission per capita, based on GNP+’s Global Criminalisation Scan data, and produced this rather interesting league table. Despite Canada, the US and Australia being … More

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