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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

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

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