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Germany: Aachen Court re-evaluates key ‘mens rea’ requirement in German law, rules HIV transmission without disclosure is negligent injury, not intentional harm

Last week, for the first time a German court ruled that HIV transmission without prior disclosure was negligent injury, rather than intentional harm.

Published
31 March 2015
From
HIV Justice Network
Brazil: HIV-specific criminal law introduced amid media frenzy and moral panic over ‘barebacking’ gay subculture

On April 2nd 2015, a simply worded amendment to Article 1 of Law No. 8072 of July 25, 1990 – covering ‘heinous crimes’ – will be presented to the Brazilian Parliament by the populist Congressman, Pompeo de Mattos.

Published
30 March 2015
From
HIV Justice Network
Kenya: Court nullifies section outlawing reckless spread of HIV

The High Court has declared unconstitutional a section of the HIV and Aids Prevention and Control Act that sought to criminalise reckless spreading of the disease.

Published
30 March 2015
From
Standard
Guidance on overseas visitors hospital charging regulations

Guidance for NHS bodies in carrying out their duties under the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015 to make and recover charges for NHS hospital treatment from chargeable overseas visitors. It also includes guidance to safeguard the health of those not entitled to free hospital treatment and new guidance on sharing information on NHS debtors to subject them to immigration sanctions.

Published
27 March 2015
From
Department of Health
'Looking,' a Show With an HIV-Positive Character, Is Canceled

HBO has canceled the gay TV series 'Looking,' which followed a group of gay men in San Francisco, including the HIV-positive Eddie.

Published
27 March 2015
From
Poz magazine news
Indiana governor to declare health emergency in HIV epidemic

Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday morning is expected to reveal details of an emergency plan to address an HIV epidemic in southeastern Indiana linked to intravenous drug use. But it's not clear whether he will give the green light for clean needle exchange.

Published
26 March 2015
From
Indianapolis Star
Blood scandal victims condemn Penrose inquiry

Victims of the contaminated blood scandal have reacted angrily to the findings of a long-awaited inquiry, branding the report a “waste of time and money”.

Published
26 March 2015
From
Scotsman
Penrose Inquiry: The key questions over contaminated blood

The findings of the Penrose Inquiry into the contamination of blood supplies in the 1970s and 80s have been published. Thousands of people were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV through blood transfusions and blood products.

Published
26 March 2015
From
BBC
Charging non-EU visitors to the UK for GP appointments ‘would backfire’, researchers say

Charging non-EU migrants for access to primary care would increase health risks to the rest of the population and place an even bigger financial burden on the NHS, experts from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have warned.

Published
24 March 2015
From
Pulse
Living with HIV: six very different stories

Since HIV was first diagnosed in Britain 30 years ago, the reality of having the virus has changed dramatically. From a survivor of the 1980s epidemic to a recently diagnosed mother in her 60s, Eleanor Tucker hears six life-affirming stories.

Published
24 March 2015
From
The Guardian

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