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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

UK: Report shows police mishandling of investigations into alleged criminal HIV transmission

January 28, 2009

Below are the opening paragraphs of a news story I wrote for aidsmap about a new THT report about how the police in England are handling investigations into criminal HIV transmission. The full report, Policing Transmission, can be downloaded from … More

UK: Most gay men support criminal HIV transmission prosecutions

January 27, 2009

A startling and important new report from Sigma Research, entitled Sexually charged: the views of gay and bisexual men on criminal prosecutions for sexual HIV transmission has found that the majority of more than 8000 gay men surveyed in 2006 … More

UK: New book explores criminal HIV transmission

February 24, 2008

An excellent new book on the criminalisation of HIV transmission by Dr Matthew Weait, senior lecturer in law and legal studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, has recently been published. The book, Intimacy and Responsibility: The Criminalisation of HIV … More

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