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

    A new study presented to the IAS conference in Vancouver, Canada found that 44 per cent of women within a research cohort of people who use injection drugs living with HIV in Vancouver would be legally obligated to disclose their HIV status to their sexual partners. Within the study, 65 per cent of male participants compared with only 45 percent of female participants satisfied the Supreme Court of Canada’s legal test for HIV non-disclosure. This says that people living with HIV must disclose their HIV status to a partner before sexual activity unless both a condom is used and a low HIV viral load is present.

    26 August 2015 | HIV Justice Network
  • The missing link in new US AIDS strategy

    President Barack Obama has announced a National HIV/AIDS strategy designed to carry the country’s policy through to 2020. The updated policy, positive in many ways, lacks one crucial element: the criminal justice system’s role in fueling HIV and AIDS.

    20 August 2015 | The Hill
  • Missouri Judge's Sentencing of Michael Johnson in HIV “Exposure” Case Decried As “Barbaric”

    Members of the medical and legal community joined HIV activists in expressing outrage at the 30½ year sentence imposed on a Black Missouri college student and star wrestler following his conviction under the state law that makes it a felony for people diagnosed with HIV to have sexual contact without documenting they disclosed their HIV status.

    17 July 2015 | The Center for HIV Law and Policy
  • 4 arrested in connection with southern Indiana HIV outbreak

    Authorities say four men have been arrested after allegedly distributing drugs that have fueled the largest HIV outbreak in Indiana history.

    25 June 2015 | Indianopolis Star
  • WHO Launches groundbreaking report: Sexual health, human rights and the law

    The document results from of extensive research and consultation globally over a period of seven years. It establish conceptual references to guide the application of human rights and the the law to sexual health in relation to barriers to sexual services, information on sexual health and violence.

    22 June 2015 | Sexuality Policy Watch
  • Nigeria: Senate passes law criminalising HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission

    The new law criminalises deliberate transmission of HIV or any other life threatening sexually transmitted disease and frames non-disclosure of HIV (or any other ‘life-threatening STI, including, potentially, ebola) as sexual assault.

    09 June 2015 | HIV Justice Network
  • The Reckless Prosecution of ‘Tiger Mandingo’

    Michael Johnson’s trial for HIV exposure was a “perfect storm” of homophobia, racism and the criminalization of black bodies.

    31 May 2015 | The Nation
  • Australia: Victoria repeals section 19A to reduce HIV stigma in law

    THE repeal of Section 19A of the Victorian Crimes Act, specifically criminalising the transmission of HIV, has passed the upper house of the Victorian Parliament with bipartisan and cross-bench support. The only law of its kind in Australia, and while 19A has never successfully been used to convict, it has widely been considered to contribute to the stigma experienced by people living with HIV.

    28 May 2015 | Sydney Star Observer
  • Commentary: Stop Locking Up Black Men for HIV

    HIV transmission laws often unfairly target Black men. From Nushawn Williams in 1997 to Nikko Briteramos in 2002 to Michael Johnson today, most of the high-profile cases have targeted African-American men. It continues a pattern from the past three decades in which our country has been locking up thousands of Black men for nonviolent drug offenses and other low-level crimes. Do we really need to put more Black men in prison?

    15 May 2015 | BET
  • “Tiger Mandingo” Found Guilty In HIV Case, Faces Life In Prison

    A jury found the former college wrestler guilty of recklessly infecting a partner with HIV, attempting to recklessly infect a partner with HIV, and three counts of recklessly exposing partners to HIV.

    15 May 2015 | BuzzFeed
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