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  • 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)
  • UK: Study of people with HIV in Manchester finds legal literacy lacking on criminal prosecutions

    People living with HIV in Manchester appear to have little understanding of their rights and responsibilities under English law to avoid prosecution for ‘reckless’ HIV transmission, according to a study presented to the British HIV Association Conference in Liverpool.

    18 June 2014 | HIV Justice Network
  • American Medical Association Opposes HIV Criminalization

    Medical students advocated within the AMA for the resolution.

    17 June 2014 | Poz magazine news
  • Victory! Iowa Supreme Court Reverses Conviction in Lambda Legal HIV Criminalization Case

    Today the Iowa Supreme Court set aside the conviction of Nick Rhoades, an HIV-positive Iowan who was initially sentenced to 25 years in prison, with required registration as a sex offender, after having a one-time sexual encounter with another man during which they used a condom. In reversing the conviction, the Court recognized that HIV-positive individuals who have a reduced viral load as a result of effective treatment pose little risk of transmitting HIV.

    13 June 2014 | Lambda Legal
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