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New South Wales: Removing disclosure law will help stop HIV spread, health experts say

The offence of having sex without first disclosing you have a sexually transmitted disease will be removed from the Public Health Act next year.

28 November 2016
Sydney Morning Herald
Australian advocates unanimously condemn ‘pointless’ HIV spit test

HIV advocates and researchers have unanimously passed a motion condemning laws in Australia that force people to take a HIV test if they spit on or bite a police officer. “There is no justification for invading the privacy of people in custody by forcing them to undergo blood tests when there is no risk to the officer," said Levinia Crooks.

21 November 2016
Star Observer
Czech Republic: Police drop charges against all 30 gay men living with HIV following Prague Public Health Authority ‘witch hunt’

All criminal charges have been dropped against the 30 gay men living with HIV who were reported to the police by the Prague Public Health Authority earlier this year after they were diagnosed with an STI, Czech media report today. The draconian behaviour of Prague Public Health led to widespread condemnation by human rights defenders.

17 November 2016
HIV Justice Network
End HIV criminalisation, Australian experts say

A group of leading HIV experts are calling for “caution to be exercised” when considering criminal charges against people who recklessly spread the disease. In a consensus statement published in the Medical Journal of Australia, Australian researchers and scientists argue that “criminal cases involving HIV transmission or exposure require that courts correctly comprehend the rapidly evolving science of HIV transmission and the impact of an HIV diagnosis”.

09 November 2016
Gay News Network
Black PLWHA Face Higher Rates of Incarceration, Longer Sentences

The hyperpolicing of Black bodies doesn't merely occur as people walk, drive, breathe or engage in other daily activities while Black. Two recent studies document the extent to which Black people are criminalized for having HIV/AIDS—and how disproportionately they are penalized compared to White PLWHA, who experience criminalization as well.

13 September 2016
Black AIDS Institute
South Africa: Two Women Charged With Stealing ARVs From Mpumalanga Clinic

Two women, suspected of being part of a syndicate that has been robbing clinics in Mpumalanga of much needed antiretrovirals (ARVs), are expected to appear in the Kanyamazane Magistrate's Court on October 5.

12 September 2016
Todd Heywood was the victim of a hate crime. He was almost arrested because of it — and HIV criminalisation laws.

Award-Winning Journalist Todd Heywood is #12 of Our 75 Most Amazing HIV-Positive People of 2016. But what happens when one of the country’s leading investigative journalists — who educates people on breaking down the stigma HIV-positive people face in society — finds himself the victim not only of a horrendous crime, but of a criminal justice system that often blames the victim?

18 August 2016
Analysis: How is Russia’s HIV-specific law being used to prosecute women living with HIV?

At AIDS 2016 in Durban last month, the HIV Justice Network revealed new data showing that Russia now tops the global HIV criminalisation league table. We found reports of at least 115 arrests, prosecutions and/or convictions in Russia during the 30-month period: April 2013 to October 2015. We have now collected eleven stories from the Russian media about women convicted under Article 122.

05 August 2016
HIV Justice Network
Global advocacy highlights against HIV criminalisation presented at AIDS 2016

Yesterday, at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, the HIV Justice Network and GNP+ presented highlights relating to global advocacy against HIV criminalisation based on updated research from our Advancing HIV Justice 2 report.

22 July 2016
HIV Justice Network
HIV criminalisation on the rise, especially in sub-Saharan Africa

Globally, 72 countries have adopted laws that specifically allow for HIV criminalisation, either because the law is specific to HIV, or because it names HIV as one

19 July 2016
Lesley Odendal
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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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