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International AIDS Society Commitments in 2018

An excerpt from the IAS annual letter in advance of the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) in Amsterdam.

Published
26 April 2018
From
Poz
The Man Who Deliberately Infected Five Gay Men With HIV Has Been Jailed For Life

Daryll Rowe became the first person in England to be convicted of intentionally spreading the virus after infecting five men and attempting to infect five more. One of his victims told BuzzFeed News: "He's got what he deserved."

Published
18 April 2018
From
Buzzfeed
"Tiger Mandingo," Who Once Faced 30 Years In Prison In HIV Case, Gets Parole

Michael Johnson, whose conviction for exposing others to HIV garnered international headlines and put US HIV laws under scrutiny, has been granted parole.

Published
10 April 2018
From
BuzzFeed News
BTAN Chicago's Maxx Boykin: 'Why Is HIV Criminalized?'

"To understand the HIV/AIDS struggle in the black community is to understand the racial-justice struggle we have in America," says Maxx Boykin.

Published
10 April 2018
From
Black AIDS Institute
Canada: Fear of Prosecution Over HIV Non-Disclosure Reduces HIV-Negative MSM Testing

According to a recently published study, fear of prosecution over HIV non-disclosure was reported to reduce HIV testing willingness by a minority of HIV-negative men who have sex with men (MSM).

Published
03 April 2018
From
MD Magazine
Why this Nova Scotia boxer’s acquittal is big news for Canadian HIV criminalization

The case affirms that people with a low viral load are at negligible risk for transmitting HIV.

Published
21 March 2018
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Xtra
New Toolkit Supports Advocates in Using Media to Fight for HIV Justice

When it comes to the widely misunderstood, complex issue of HIV criminalisation, media can be a powerful tool–or a blunt-force weapon. The purpose of a new critical media toolkit is to inform and equip global grassroots advocates who are engaged in media response to HIV criminalisation–and to demystify the practice of working with, and through, media to change the conversation around criminalisation.

Published
15 March 2018
From
HIV Justice Network
Irish High Court rules teenager's HIV status need not be disclosed

Mr Justice Michael Twomey ruled that even if the woman was willing to have unprotected sex with the young man, and assume the risks associated with that, then the low risk of HIV in such circumstances, and the fact that HIV was not a terminal illness, could not justify breaching a patient's right to confidentiality, which should only be breached in exceptional circumstances.

Published
13 March 2018
From
RTE
Police say false HIV claims over spitting were taken from national guidelines

Avon and Somerset Police still have not retracted their statement despite pressure from campaigners

Published
30 January 2018
From
Bristol Post
Porn Empire Must Defend Itself Against Actors’ HIV Lawsuits

Kink.com’s insurance company is not responsible for these litigation costs, says a federal judge. Here’s why.

Published
21 December 2017
From
Poz

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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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