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I Was Attacked for Being Gay and HIV Positive. Here's How I'm Fighting Back.

In this three-part story, TheBody.com contributor Todd Heywood speaks up about his experience of a brutal anti-gay and anti-HIV attack and its aftermath, explaining "I am not only supporting my own healing, but hoping to illuminate a path toward overturning the policies that continue to fuel violence and other life-threatening dangers for LGBT people and those living with HIV."

Published
30 June 2016
From
The Body
Canada: In Nova Scotia, glimmers of hope for science in the prosecution of HIV non-disclosure

Despite very few prosecutions, Nova Scotia has become an interesting place in Canada with respect to the criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure.

Published
29 June 2016
From
HIV Justice Network
Milton Keynes flat fire death: Man jailed for 'HIV admission' killing

A man who admitted killing his partner and setting fire to his flat after learning he was HIV positive has been jailed for 13 years, nine months.

Published
10 June 2016
From
BBC News
New report shows HIV criminalisation is a growing, global concern but advocates are fighting back

A new report released today shows that HIV criminalisation is a growing, global phenomenon. However, advocates around the world are working hard to ensure that the criminal law’s approach to people living with HIV fits with up-to-date science, as well as key legal and human rights principles.

Published
10 May 2016
From
HIV Justice Network
Anti-LGBTQ laws increase risk of HIV, drug use, and violence

Recently enacted laws in North Carolina and Mississippi and their impact on the rights of the LGBTQ community have brought to light a serious public health issue: an increased risk of HIV and gender-based violence. Laws such as these, as well as in other states, specifically exclude communities from protections against discrimination and create environments with gender inequality, stigmatization, and differential access to services. Together, this can lead to increased risk of violence.

Published
03 May 2016
From
The Hill (blog)
Germany: Legal expert Jacob Hösl on the significance of recent Court rulings on HIV criminalisation

Last week, Germany’s key HIV legal expert, Jacob Hösl gave an interview to Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe’s Magazine on recent developments in case law. The entire interview is (roughly) translated below. He pointed to three recent key developments in Aachen, Munich and Berlin.

Published
25 April 2016
From
HIV Justice Network
Australian high court quashes Godfrey Zaburoni conviction for deliberate HIV infection

A circus acrobat and fleeting TV personality who was jailed for deliberately infecting his girlfriend with HIV through unprotected sex has had his conviction quashed by the high court.

Published
06 April 2016
From
The Guardian
France: National Aids Council President, Patrick Yeni, on why HIV criminalisation remains a problem for France

Although there have only been 23 convictions in France up to the end of 2014, surveys of people living with HIV suggest that up to 2000 complaints may have been made since the start of the epidemic. As the law currently only recognises condom use as a way to show lack of a guilty mind, the National Aids Council is concerned that up-to-date science is not reflected in the law.

Published
05 April 2016
From
HIV Justice Network
Man Charged With Rape And Possible Transmission Of HIV To Men In Edinburgh

A 25-year-old man has appeared in court in Edinburgh charged with a string of offences relating to the possible transmission of HIV to several other men, BuzzFeed News can reveal.

Published
26 February 2016
From
BuzzFeed News
Switzerland: Two alleged HIV transmission convictions this month despite many positive changes in law

Despite significant law reform in Switzerland, potentially unjust prosecutions continue to occur.

Published
22 February 2016
From
HIV Justice Network
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