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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

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

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

Canada: Study finds HIV criminalisation creates uncertainty, fear, and vulnerability

October 11, 2012

Last week’s devastating ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada was quick to dismiss evidence that that HIV criminalisation was damaging to public health.  “The only ‘evidence’ was studies presented by interveners suggesting that criminalization ‘probably’ acts as a deterrent … More

US: Majority of gay US men support criminal non-disclosure laws

September 21, 2010

The overwhelming majority (70%) of HIV-negative and untested men (69%) in the United States support prosecutions for not disclosing known HIV-positive status before sex that may risk HIV transmission, according to a new study by Keith J. Horvatha, Richard Weinmeyera … 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

Global: AIDS 2010 round-up part 2: Posters

August 19, 2010

This selection of posters presented in Vienna follows up from my previous AIDS 2010 posting on the sessions, meetings and media reporting that took place during last month’s XVIII International AIDS Conference.  I’ll be a highlighting a few others in … More

Global: AIDS 2010 round-up part 1: sessions, meetings and media reports

August 5, 2010

A remarkable amount of advocacy and information sharing took place during the XVIII International AIDS Conference held in Vienna last month.  Over the next few blog posts, I’ll be highlighting as much as I can starting with a round-up of … More

UK: Most gay men support criminal HIV transmission prosecutions

January 27, 2009

A startling and important new report from Sigma Research, entitled Sexually charged: the views of gay and bisexual men on criminal prosecutions for sexual HIV transmission has found that the majority of more than 8000 gay men surveyed in 2006 … More

UK: New book explores criminal HIV transmission

February 24, 2008

An excellent new book on the criminalisation of HIV transmission by Dr Matthew Weait, senior lecturer in law and legal studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, has recently been published. The book, Intimacy and Responsibility: The Criminalisation of HIV … More

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