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  • US: County health officials get court order to stop HIV-infected man

    To stop a man with HIV who has infected eight other people in the last four years, public health officials have sought court enforcement of its order requiring him to attend counseling and treatment sessions.

    15 September 2014 | Seattle Times
  • Rapist from Northampton who infected woman with HIV has gone on the run

    A convicted rapist from Northampton who knowingly infected a woman with HIV is being hunted by police after he failed to appear for his trial. Brian Tatenda Shayanowako, aged 54, of Lower Adelaide Street, Semilong, Northampton, was convicted by jury and sentenced in his absence of one count of rape after failing to appear for his trial, which concluded on Friday at Aylesbury Crown Court. Det Con Charlotte McDonald said: “We do not seek to criminalise those who live with HIV and we work closely with our partner agencies to ensure people are appropriately supported. However this was a case in which someone has admitted recklessly transmitting HIV to another person."

    02 September 2014 | Northampton Chronicle & Echo
  • Ugandan Lawmakers in Campaign to Revive Gay Law

    Ugandan parliamentarians are launching a campaign to revive a recently invalidated anti-gay measure and hope to have it passed within weeks, a lawmaker said Wednesday.

    07 August 2014 | New York Times
  • Decriminalise sex work to stop HIV, says Lord Fowler

    Speaking at the International Aids Conference in Melbourne, he said it was now widely accepted that fear of prosecution and discrimination was stopping people coming forward to be tested for HIV.

    28 July 2014 | The Independent
  • AIDS conference told legalizing prostitution a simple way to curb HIV

    Marginalizing sex workers makes them less able to enforce condom use or seek treatment, advocate says.

    24 July 2014 | CBC
  • Police must play role in preventing HIV among criminalised groups

    Delegates at the 20th International AIDS conference are tackling the issue of law enforcement policies and practices that often undermine the efforts of public health officials to reduce HIV transmission.

    24 July 2014 | Key Correspondents
  • In The HIV Response, Who is ‘Hard to Reach’?

    We have found that it is not the individuals at risk of HIV infection who are hard to reach. It’s the politicians and policymakers who adopt ideological rather than evidence-based programs. But HIV researchers too seem to be hard to reach at times, failing to investigate political determinants of health, and the impact of laws, policies, and enforcement on HIV vulnerability and access to care.

    23 July 2014 | Human Rights Watch
  • Justice Department Releases Best Practices Guide to Reform HIV-Specific Criminal Laws to Align with Scientifically-Supported Factors

    The Justice Department announced today that it has released a Best Practices Guide to Reform HIV-Specific Criminal Laws to Align with Scientifically-Supported Factors. This guide provides technical assistance regarding state laws that criminalize engaging in certain behaviors without disclosing known HIV-positive status. The guide will assist states to ensure that their policies reflect contemporary understanding of HIV transmission routes and associated benefits of treatment and do not place unnecessary burdens on individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

    16 July 2014 | US Department of Justice
  • Researchers relate arrests with HIV risk environment

    Practices used in policing injection drug users in Russia might contribute to HIV transmission and overdose mortality, according to a study. The research sought to discover the effect police arrests had on the health outcomes of a cohort of HIV-positive people with lifetime of injection drug use.

    10 July 2014 | Science Daily
  • The changing tide in Uganda's HIV control

    Less than a decade ago, HIV-prevention work in Uganda was hailed as an example to other African nations. Proposed legislation might, however, erode the advances made, Talha Burki reports.

    23 June 2014 | The Lancet Infectious Diseases (free registration required)
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