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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
Petition: Stop the persecution of people with HIV in the Czech Republic!

NO PERSON WITH HIV BELONGS IN PRISON FOR HAVING SEX. Anyone living with HIV with undetectable viral load while taking treatment will not transmit the virus. This nonsense must stop immediately; it is both a grave violation of the fundamental rights of these persons, and completely counterproductive in the struggle against HIV/AIDS.

Published
16 February 2016
From
Change.org
Czech Republic: Prague Public Health Authority initiates criminal prosecutions of 30 gay men living with HIV following an STI diagnosis

Prague’s Public Health Authority initiated criminal investigations against 30 gay men living with HIV that had been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) during the previous year. The Public Health Authority appear to believe that since these men acquired an STI this is proof that they must have practiced condomless sex and have therefore violated criminal laws prohibiting any act of condomless sex (including oral sex) by a person living with HIV as “spread of infectious diseases”.

Published
16 February 2016
From
HIV Justice Network
High court hears test case about Godfrey Zaburoni's intent to transmit HIV

Lawyers for acrobat, who is appealing his conviction of intentionally transmitting HIV, argue lies and non-disclosure about HIV status does not prove criminal intent.

Published
11 February 2016
From
The Guardian
HIV Outbreak In Indiana: DEA Arrests 10 People Tied To Disease Spread, Warns Against Prescription Painkillers

On Feb. 5, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Indiana announced the arrest of ten individuals who collectively orchestrated the distribution of drugs, primarily prescription painkillers and methamphetamine, to Scott County. The painkiller pills were then ground up and used intravenously. From there, it’s believed the sharing of HIV-infected needles spurned an outbreak; while Scott Country previously had an average of less than 10 new HIV cases annually, the last 13 months has seen 188 new cases.

Published
09 February 2016
From
Medical Daily
HIV Criminalization Laws Disproportionately Punish People of Color

This National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7, BETA explores the controversy surrounding HIV criminalization laws. The stigma and medically-inaccurate fear that these laws propagate have negative consequences for all … Read More →

Published
05 February 2016
From
BETA blog
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