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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.

Published
17 July 2015
From
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.

Published
25 June 2015
From
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.

Published
22 June 2015
From
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.

Published
09 June 2015
From
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.

Published
31 May 2015
From
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.

Published
28 May 2015
From
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?

Published
15 May 2015
From
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.

Published
15 May 2015
From
BuzzFeed
Military Court Vacates Affirmation of HIV Charges Against Ken Pinkela

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) has vacated the decision of the Army Court of Criminal Appeals (ACCA) to affirm HIV-related charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment against Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Pinkela of the U.S. Army.

Published
27 April 2015
From
Poz magazine news
Victoria moves to repeal HIV-specific law criminalising deliberate infection

Health advocates say the 1993 law, which makes it an offence to intentionally transmit HIV, is stigmatising and counterproductive to prevention efforts.

Published
14 April 2015
From
The Guardian
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