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Canada: Gay man in Ottawa accused of HIV exposure charged with attempted murder faces further charges (update 2)

August 18, 2010

Update: August 18 2010 The 29-year-old man gay accused of not disclosing his HIV-positive status to several men before otherwise consensual sex now faces 26 charges in Ottawa and further five charges in Kitchener according to the latest update from … More

UK: New Guidance for Police Investigating Criminal Transmission of HIV

July 16, 2010

I’m reproducing below a press release issued yesterday by the National AIDS Trust (NAT) about the new UK (with the exception of Scotland) guidance for police officers investigating allegations of criminal HIV transmission. We’ll hear more about the guidance – … More

Ireland: Police HIV risk “as likely as being struck by asteroid”; compensation slashed

July 13, 2010

The risk faced by Irish police of occupational exposure to HIV and other blood-borne infections is “as likely as being struck by an asteroid,” according to expert testimony during a test compensation case conducted by Ms Justice Mary Irvine in … More

Angola: Police report two prosecutions in 2007/8

July 13, 2010

The first reported use of Angola’s 2004 HIV-specific law suggests at least two successful prosecutions in 2007/8. The brief-but-stigmatising report by Angola Press is below. It should be noted that “intentional transmission” is very likely to simply mean there was … More

Canada: Vancouver police hunt one man, add more charges to another

July 1, 2010

In Vancouver, two different men have been accused of not disclosing their HIV-positive status prior to sex with their female partners. Local media are having a field day. The first, a Caucasian man in his late 20s, was arrested on … More

US: Media, police, judge conspire in ‘hate crime’ against gay HIV-positive man in biting case

November 4, 2009

I am so mad I could spit and bite! I’ve seen a lot of bad reporting and bad legal decisions during my time blogging, but never before have I seen the media conspire with the criminal justice system in such … More

US: Arkansas man accused of HIV exposure not HIV-positive despite confession

October 28, 2009

A 41 year-old man in El Dorado, Arkansas, appears to have admitted under police questioning that he was HIV-positive after being arrrested in September for allegedly having unprotected without disclosing his HIV status. However, a brief report from the police … More

US: Miami man gets 15 years in prison for biting cop

August 27, 2009

A 35 year-old man with mental health issues, and characterised as a “drifter”, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison “for threatening to kill with his illness then biting a Miami cop.” If this case doesn’t exemplify HIV-related ignorance … More

Ireland, UK, US: Spitting and biting cases highlight police ignorance

August 3, 2009

Whether its Fort Mill, South Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; Rutland, Vermont; or Wimbledon in the UK, the police and media have been over-estimating the risk of HIV transmission from biting or spitting over the past two weeks with devastating consequences for … More

Canada: Alberta judge, police believe that spitting transmits HIV

July 14, 2009

An Edmonton, Alberta man who claimed he was HIV-positive and then spat in the eye of a police officer has been sent to prison for five months for assaulting a peace officer, with the policeman’s fear of infection being an … More

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