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Video and written reports for Beyond Blame: Challenging HIV Criminalisation at AIDS 2016 now available

September 8, 2016

On 17 July 2016, approximately 150 advocates, activists, researchers, and community leaders met in Durban, South Africa, for Beyond Blame: Challenging HIV Criminalisation – a full-day pre-conference meeting preceding the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) to discuss progress on … More

Justice Edwin Cameron: ‘Why HIV criminalisation is bad policy and why I’m proud that advocacy against it is being led by people living with HIV’

May 9, 2016

[This is the foreword to Advancing HIV Justice 2: Buiding momentum in global advocacy against HIV criminalisation, which will be published by the HIV Justice Network and GNP+ tomorrow, Tuesday May 10th.]   Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, … More

Germany: Aachen Court re-evaluates key ‘mens rea’ requirement in German law, rules HIV transmission without disclosure is negligent injury, not intentional harm

March 30, 2015

Last week, for the first time a German court ruled that HIV transmission without prior disclosure was negligent injury, rather than intentional harm. The District Court of Aachen sentenced a 43 year-old man to one year and nine months on … More

[Feature] Beyond Blame: Challenging HIV Criminalisation

October 1, 2014

Beyond Blame: Challenging HIV Criminalisation A pre-conference meeting for AIDS 2014 In July 2014, at a meeting held to just prior to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia around 150 participants from all regions of the world came together … More

US: Iowa Supreme Court rejects ‘theoretical’ HIV risk, reverses ‘HIV exposure’ conviction

June 16, 2014

Last Friday, June 13, the Iowa Supreme Court set aside the ‘HIV exposure’ conviction of Nick Rhoades, who was initially sentenced to 25 years in prison, with required registration as a sex offender, after having a one-time sexual encounter with … More

Canada: Nova Scotia court acquits young man with undetectable viral load of aggravated sexual assault for HIV non-disclosure despite no condom use

November 19, 2013

by Cecile Kazatchkine, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network On November 8 2013, the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia in Canada released a very encouraging decision in a case of HIV non-disclosure. A young man with an undetectable viral … More

Canada: Woman found not guilty of aggravated sexual assault for HIV non-disclosure before oral sex

August 20, 2013

A court in Barrie, Ontario has found a woman, ‘JM’ not guilty of aggravated sexual assault for not disclosing her HIV status before her male partner performed oral sex on her. The Barrie Advance reports that Justice Gregory Mulligan… ruled … More

Canada: Judge says disease risk from spitting is an ‘irrational, urban myth’

October 3, 2012

Read the entire ruling R. v. Ratt [2012] SKPC 154, S.J. No. 590 A Canadian judge in the province of Saskatchewan has ruled that spitting in the face of a police officer is a simple assault that does not result … More

Czech Republic: 18 year-old pregnant woman gets 2 1/2 years for HIV non-disclosure

February 2, 2012

An 18 year-old pregnant woman from Eastern Bohemia in the Czech Republic, coinfected with both HIV and Hepatitis C, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison last week for not disclosing that she was HIV-positive before having unprotected sex … More

Congo: First ever criminal prosecution nets 15 years for husband under poisoning law

March 11, 2011

The Criminal Chamber of the Court of Appeal of Pointe-Noire in Congo (also known as the Republic of Congo, or Congo-Brazzaville – not to be confused with its larger neighbour, Democratic Republic of Congo) has sentenced an HIV-positive man to … More

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