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Africa: HIV Laws Do More Harm Than Good by Miriam Mannak (IPS)

August 6, 2009

I received an email last week from Miriam Mannak, a freelance writer based in Cape Town, South Africa who keeps on blog on AIDS in Africa. She recently contributed this excellent piece on the spectre of criminalisation on her continent … More

Editorial: Burden of HIV disclosure falls on Uganda’s women

July 6, 2009

An article in today’s Toronto Star highlights the heavy burden that HIV-positive women will carry under Uganda’s proposed HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Law. In the article, children’s rights activists, Marc and Craig Kielburger, note that many HIV-positive women in Uganda … More

Uganda: Article examines why HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Bill is flawed

April 16, 2009

An excellent article from Andrew Bahemuka, policy advocacy officer of the Uganda Women’s Network, summarises all of the arguments against HIV-specific criminal HIV transmission legislation, published today in New Vision. Criminalising HIV/AIDS: Not a win-win situation Publication date: Wednesday, 15th … More

US: New York DA calls for HIV-specific laws following new ‘reckless endangerment’ case

February 26, 2009

A New York State man charged with nine counts of reckless endangerment for having sex with nine males aged between 16 and 20 (the age of consent in NY is 17) without disclosing his HIV status has unleashed a political … More

US: Nebraska Senator proposes new HIV exposure laws

January 26, 2009

Senator Pete Pirsch of Omaha, Nebraska has proposed an amendment to Nebraska’s Revised Statutes that would criminalise “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly engag[ing] in sexual intercourse or sodomy with another individual with the intent to expose that individual to that life-threatening … More

Kenya: Unease over new HIV transmission law

December 13, 2008

IRIN/PlusNews has published an interesting article analysing the potential impact of Kenya’s new criminal HIV transmission law, which was passed in 2006 but has yet to be impemented. KENYA: Unease over new HIV transmission law NAIROBI, 12 December 2008 (PlusNews) … More

Uganda: Bill to force spouses to reveal HIV status

December 12, 2008

Uganda’s proposed HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Bill is analysed in this report from the Daily Monitor. President Museveni has previously said that he supports the death penalty for criminal HIV transmission.   Bill to force spouses to reveal HIV … More

Africa: PlusNews publishes in-depth analysis of criminalisation throughout the continent

December 9, 2008

PlusNews, the global online HIV and AIDS news service of the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), has published an excellent in-depth analysis of criminalisation in Africa. A collection of short articles focusing on various aspects of criminalisation in … More

Uganda: Man jailed for infecting mentally ill woman with HIV; fuels proposed ‘wilful’ transmission law debate

December 8, 2008

A 47 year-old HIV-positive man has been jailed for 14 years in Uganda for having sex with a mentally ill young woman and allegedly infecting her with HIV. Although there is currently no criminal HIV transmission in Uganda, the trial … More

Spain: Ministry of Health plans national database of HIV-positive people

October 9, 2008

Update: 9th October 2008. The Constitutional Court has rejected an appeal by several Spanish HIV organisations against the Ministry of Health, which will go ahead with establishing a national HIV database. Spain to establish a HIV registerOct 9, 2008typicallyspanish.com Spain … More

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