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Social Science Update: Where criminalisation of sex work intersects with HIV criminalisation

November 24, 2016

In this article, authors Sienna Baskin, Aziza Ahmed, and Anna Forbes examine the interlocking webs of anti-prostitution laws and HIV criminalisation. Throughout the piece, the authors demonstrate critical research ethics by taking, as their starting point, the lives, freedom, and dignity of sex … More

Social Science Update: Review of HIV criminalisation research in the US, 1990-2014

November 23, 2016

An article reviewing 15 years of U.S.-based social science research on HIV criminalisation was published in the September 2016 issue of AIDS and Behavior. The research team, led by Dini Harsono of Yale University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS … More

New report shows HIV criminalisation is a growing, global concern but advocates are fighting back

May 10, 2016

A new report released today shows that HIV criminalisation is a growing, global phenomenon. However, advocates around the world are working hard to ensure that the criminal law’s approach to people living with HIV fits with up-to-date science, as well … More

US: American Psychological Association adopts resolution opposing HIV criminalisation

March 16, 2016

The American Psychological Association (APA) has adopted an evidence-informed resolution on HIV criminalisation in the United States. It was developed with feedback from the APA Committee on Legal Issues and the HIV Medicine Association – who themselves issued a Policy … More

Canada: New study finds majority of women living with HIV who also inject drugs face legal obligation to disclose HIV status to sexual partners

July 27, 2015

A new study presented to the International AIDS Society conference in Vancouver, Canada last week (IAS 2015) found that 44 per cent of participants within a research cohort of people who use injection drugs living with HIV in Vancouver would … More

UK: Law Commission scoping consultation deadline this week; key findings and outputs from ‘Criminalizing Contagion’ seminar series may help inform the process

February 9, 2015

This week, the Law Commission – which reviews areas of the law in England and Wales that have become unduly complicated, outdated or unfair –  will conclude its scoping consultation of the reform the Offences Against The Person Act, the … More

UK: Study of people with HIV in Manchester finds legal literacy lacking on criminal prosecutions

June 17, 2014

People living with HIV in Manchester appear to have little understanding of their rights and responsibilities under English law to avoid prosecution for ‘reckless’ HIV transmission, according to a study presented to the British HIV Association Conference in Liverpool earlier … More

Research agenda into the public health impact of overly broad HIV criminalisation highlights five areas where researchers and advocates can collaborate

January 31, 2014

A newly published report suggests a number of concrete ways that research into the impact of overly broad HIV criminalisation on public health can move the policy agenda forward, and help reform laws and create better policies for people living … More

Experts agree: overly broad HIV criminalisation is doing more harm than good

September 10, 2013

The HIV Justice Network has today released a new documentary, More HARM Than GOOD: How overly broad HIV criminalisation is hurting public health which had its world premiere at the US Conference on AIDS in New Orleans on September 10th. … More

Feature: Why overly broad HIV criminalisation is doing more harm than good

September 10, 2013

In many countries around the world, people with HIV are being made criminally liable for HIV prevention. Despite strong recommendations against this overly broad use of the criminal law by UNAIDS and the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, … More

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