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Navigating rules and reality: HIV disclosure, infectiousness and legal obligations in Sweden

Despite generally positive relationships with HIV clinic staff, men living with HIV in Sweden report that when it comes to rules regarding disclosure and legal obligations, clinicians

Published
06 February 2019
By
Krishen Samuel
HIV non-disclosure laws perpetuate social injustices against women in Canada

People living with HIV in Canada can be charged with aggravated sexual assault and be registered as sexual offenders if they do not disclose their HIV status,

Published
05 February 2019
By
Krishen Samuel
Brixham repeat HIV sex offender faces 'significant' jail term

A man living with HIV is facing a "significant jail term" for having sex with a woman without telling her he has the virus. Under the terms of a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO), James Defalco, 57, has to tell anyone he is in a relationship with about his condition.

Published
21 January 2019
From
BBC News
Attorney General of Canada to issue Directive Regarding Prosecutions of HIV Non-Disclosure Cases

The Directive to be issued by the Attorney General of Canada will reflect the most recent scientific evidence related to the risks of sexual transmission of HIV, as reviewed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as the applicable criminal law as clarified by the Supreme Court of Canada. The Directive will state that, in HIV non-disclosure cases, the Director shall not prosecute where the person living with HIV has maintained a suppressed viral load (i.e. under 200 copies of the virus per millilitre of blood) because there is no realistic possibility of transmission.

Published
03 December 2018
From
Government of Canada
‘Negligible’ risk of HIV transmission with a suppressed viral load, Canadian public health officials tell prosecutors

The potential for sexual HIV transmission when a person living with HIV adheres to antiretroviral therapy and maintains an undetectable viral load is ‘negligible’, says the Public

Published
23 November 2018
By
Roger Pebody
Vancouver man charged with ignoring medical health officer's orders for HIV treatment

Authorities have taken the unprecedented step of charging a Vancouver man under the province's Public Health Act for allegedly refusing to comply with a medical health officer's orders for HIV treatment.

Published
24 August 2018
From
CBC.ca
Outdated, punitive laws are encouraging HIV stigma in Zimbabwe

In 2001 Zimbabwe introduced the Sexual Offences Act, which criminalised wilful transmission of HIV. Three years later the law was updated to include those who suspected they could be HIV positive but didn’t inform their sexual partners. A great deal has changed since then, but Zimbabwe’s punitive law around the transmission of HIV remains on the statute books – and it’s enforced.

Published
22 August 2018
From
The Conversation
Confronting ignorance and fear to end HIV criminalization

In 2009, Kerry Thomas, an African American man living in Idaho, was sentenced to two consecutive 15-year sentences with a minimum time-served of 20 years. Thomas, who is now 54 … Read More →

Published
21 August 2018
From
BETA blog
HIV-positive man sentenced to two years' jail for not telling sex partner about risk of infection

SINGAPORE: A 29-year-old man was jailed for two years on Wednesday (Aug 1) for having sex with a man without telling him that he ran the risk of contracting HIV infection from him.

Published
01 August 2018
From
Channel NewsAsia
World experts publish consensus statement on the science of HIV in the context of criminal law

One of the most significant events at the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) was the publication of the Expert consensus statement on the science of

Published
25 July 2018
By
Matthew Weait
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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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