Angola: Police report two prosecutions in 2007/8

The first reported use of Angola’s 2004 HIV-specific law suggests at least two successful prosecutions in 2007/8.

The brief-but-stigmatising report by Angola Press is below. It should be noted that “intentional transmission” is very likely to simply mean there was non-disclosure of known HIV-positive status prior to unprotected sex. It is unclear why the police released these data now.

Two cases of intentional HIV/AIDS transmission were official recorded throughout 2007/2008 countrywide by the National Police, said a source from the corporation. The spokesman of the Police in Luanda, Jorge Bengue, gave the information, adding that despite this figure, there are many HIV positive people that practice such crimes.

“The national police know, in an informal way, that there are more crimes of this nature. What we have not are more cases officially notified, as there is protectionism from the society, so that the problem be solved among them”, he said.

The source said that the police got acquainted with these cases after various conflicts between couples.