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Canada: Justice Department issues new guidelines on prosecution for non-disclosure of HIV status

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has welcomed new moves issued by the federal government to limit what it calls unjust prosecutions of people with HIV.

Published
03 December 2018
From
CBC
Let’s stop criminalizing HIV status

Black people represent approximately 2.5 per cent of Canada’s population and 13.6 per cent of people living with HIV. Data shows that among non-disclosure cases, where the race of the defendant is known, only 36 per cent are Black, while 50 per cent are white. Yet this study of media representation found that since 1989, 62 per cent of all newspaper articles about HIV non-disclosure cases have focused on Black defendants. Moreover, since 2012 the majority of high profile cases of persons convicted under HIV criminalization legislation in Canada were African/Black men.

Published
30 November 2018
From
The Conversation
‘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
Scottish hairdresser who tried to give gay partners HIV loses appeal against life sentence

Daryll Rowe became the first man in the UK to be found guilty of intentionally setting out to spread the virus.

Published
05 November 2018
From
Daily Record
Man who infected two women with HIV and ‘took coward’s way out’ is jailed

Aaron Sutcliffe failed to tell the victims he had HIV and has now left both terrified they will pass the virus onto their children. A court heard the 29-year-old ignored his ‘moral and legal obligation’ to disclose his condition to the women and instead ‘took the coward’s way out’.

Published
01 November 2018
From
Metro
HIV-positive man, 44, who is branded a 'danger to women' after not telling partners he has condition must inform police 24 hours before he has sex

He must contact officers and provide the details of each woman he plans on having sex with so police can warn them about his condition and is banned from inviting any women into his home unless he calls police first.

Published
12 October 2018
From
Daily Mail
Man jailed for lying to girlfriends and knowingly infecting them with HIV

A man who deliberately lied to two women about his HIV status and then infected them with the virus has been jailed for five years.

Published
25 September 2018
From
Metro
After Hook-Up and Friendship, Arkansas Men Pitted Against Each Other in HIV Criminalization Trial

The early interactions between Sanjay Johnson and Jamal "Doe" (a pseudonym) might sound familiar to many gay men across the United States. In separate interviews with TheBody, the Little Rock residents described how they exchanged messages on the hook-up app Jack'd in October 2015, then met at Johnson's apartment for a one-night stand.

Published
10 September 2018
From
The Body
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

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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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