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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

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

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

Austria: AIDS 2010 delegates warned about criminal HIV exposure laws; law clarified but not binding

July 12, 2010

The organisers of the International AIDS Conference, due to be held in Vienna from next Sunday (18th July), have today provided an important update on Austria’s criminal HIV exposure and transmission laws. They recommend that anyone who is aware they … More

UK: Developing guidance for HIV prosecutions: an example of harm reduction?

August 27, 2008

I’m including an excerpt here – the conclusion, actually – of an excellent article by Yusef Azad of the National AIDS Trust, in the July issue of the HIV/AIDS Policy and Law Review, published by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, … More

UNAIDS says criminal prosecutions do more harm than good

August 6, 2008

This week UNAIDS has released a fantastic new policy paper firmly establishing that criminal prosecutions for HIV exposure or transmission – whether through sex, drug use or mother to child transmission – do far more harm than good. The paper … More

UK: Long-awaited guidelines for prosecuting criminal HIV transmission published

March 20, 2008

It has taken a year longer than anticipated, but the Crown Prosecution Service for England & Wales has finally published their policy on prosecuting criminal HIV transmission. Thankfully, the document bears almost no relation to the draft version originally published … More

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