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Would a Disclosure Contract With My Sex Partners Protect Me From HIV Criminalization?

Tiffany Marrero, who has been living with HIV since birth, uses a contract with her partners to verify that she disclosed her HIV status to them before any sexual contact. But are contracts a way to stay safe?

Published
16 May 2018
From
The Body
Misinformation is the real culprit in British Columbia HIV case

Police and media left out key details of HIV non-disclosure charges: the defendant had a suppressed viral load and couldn’t transmit the virus to anyone.

Published
08 May 2018
From
Xtra
B.C. man accused of failing to disclose HIV-positive status says police launched ‘smear campaign’

The Abbotsford man who was accused of having unprotected sex with multiple women and not disclosing his HIV-positive status said the charges should never have gone ahead in the first place. That’s because, under the law, he does not have to disclose the information if there is “no realistic possibility of transmission of HIV,” according to a BC Prosecution Service policy. Brian Carlisle said his medical records prove that his viral load has been undetectable dating back to 2004, but police ignored the evidence.

Published
02 May 2018
From
Terrace Standard
International AIDS Society Commitments in 2018

An excerpt from the IAS annual letter in advance of the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) in Amsterdam.

Published
26 April 2018
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Poz
The Man Who Deliberately Infected Five Gay Men With HIV Has Been Jailed For Life

Daryll Rowe became the first person in England to be convicted of intentionally spreading the virus after infecting five men and attempting to infect five more. One of his victims told BuzzFeed News: "He's got what he deserved."

Published
18 April 2018
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Buzzfeed
"Tiger Mandingo," Who Once Faced 30 Years In Prison In HIV Case, Gets Parole

Michael Johnson, whose conviction for exposing others to HIV garnered international headlines and put US HIV laws under scrutiny, has been granted parole.

Published
10 April 2018
From
BuzzFeed News
BTAN Chicago's Maxx Boykin: 'Why Is HIV Criminalized?'

"To understand the HIV/AIDS struggle in the black community is to understand the racial-justice struggle we have in America," says Maxx Boykin.

Published
10 April 2018
From
Black AIDS Institute
Canada: Fear of Prosecution Over HIV Non-Disclosure Reduces HIV-Negative MSM Testing

According to a recently published study, fear of prosecution over HIV non-disclosure was reported to reduce HIV testing willingness by a minority of HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM).

Published
03 April 2018
From
MD Magazine
Why this Nova Scotia boxer’s acquittal is big news for Canadian HIV criminalization

The case affirms that people with a low viral load are at negligible risk for transmitting HIV.

Published
21 March 2018
From
Xtra
New Toolkit Supports Advocates in Using Media to Fight for HIV Justice

When it comes to the widely misunderstood, complex issue of HIV criminalisation, media can be a powerful tool–or a blunt-force weapon. The purpose of a new critical media toolkit is to inform and equip global grassroots advocates who are engaged in media response to HIV criminalisation–and to demystify the practice of working with, and through, media to change the conversation around criminalisation.

Published
15 March 2018
From
HIV Justice Network
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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