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Video toolkit: How to advocate for prosecutorial guidelines

May 30, 2013

New guidance from UNAIDS to limit the overly broad use of criminal laws to regulate and punish people living with HIV who are accused of HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission, recommends that: Countries should develop and implement prosecutorial and police … More

UNAIDS publishes updated, detailed guidance on HIV criminalisation

May 28, 2013

Today, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) publishes its long-awaited updated guidance to limit the overly broad use of criminal laws to regulate and punish people living with HIV who are accused of HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission. … More

Canada: Police training and guidelines in criminal HIV non-disclosure cases urgently required

March 14, 2013

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) have submitted a paper to the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Diversity Committee, informed by their extensive experience in working on the issue. The paper includes … More

Germany: National AIDS Council releases powerful policy statement on HIV criminalisation

March 13, 2013

The German National AIDS Council – an independent advisory body of the Ministry of Health consisting of experts from the fields of research, medical care, public health services, ethics, law, social sciences, as well as people from the civil society … More

UK: New research calls for better guidance for HIV service providers on criminal law, confidentiality and ethics

March 7, 2013

Yesterday saw the release of an important new UK study, Keeping Confidence: HIV and the criminal law from service provider perspectives, which explores how HIV criminalisation impacts those who deliver health and social care services for people with HIV. The … More

US: President’s AIDS council calls on feds to help states repeal HIV criminalisation laws

February 12, 2013

Advisory group says these statutes are ‘unjust’ and fuel the epidemic BY TODD HEYWOOD, AMERICAN INDEPENDENT   The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) passed a resolution last week that calls for an end to federal and state HIV-specific criminal … More

UK: Updated guidance on HIV transmission, the law and the work of the clinical team now published

February 11, 2013

The British HIV Association (BHIVA) and the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) have produced updated guidance on HIV Transmission, the Law and the Work of the Clinical Team. This guidance is aimed at those working in the field … More

Global Commission on HIV and the Law: an analysis of their HIV criminalisation recommendations

July 9, 2012

Today, the Global Commission on HIV and the Law finally issued its long-awaited report, ‘HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights and Health.’  It was well worth the wait. “Fundamentally unjust, morally harmful, and virtually impossible to enforce with any semblance … More

Scotland: New guidance on prosecutions clarifies law, recognises treatment’s impact on infectiousness

May 2, 2012

On May 1st, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) published their Guidance for Scotland on ‘Intentional or Reckless Sexual Transmission, or Exposure to, Infection’. According to COPFS, the policy aims to “provide guidance to prosecutors but also provide … More

Canada: Urgent – support the call for prosecutorial guidelines in Ontario

November 23, 2011

Canada is facing its most critical point in the history of criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure since the Supreme Court’s 1998 Cuerrier decision which found that not disclosing a known HIV-positive status prior to sex that poses a “significant risk” of … More

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