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  • Sexual partners

    The decision to tell (or not to tell) a sexual partner can be particularly complex. Many people living with HIV have faced rejection from sexual partners, so...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Transmission and the law

    Some people have gone to prison because they have passed HIV on to another person. They were convicted of 'recklessly transmitting HIV'.In England and Wales,...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • HIV, sex and the law

    If you know you are HIV positive, and you have sex without a condom without telling your sexual partner about your HIV status, and your partner...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Disclosure

    Telling people you have HIV (disclosing) can be frightening. It is important to take time to think about the advantages and disadvantages of doing so. Many people tell...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Sex

    Having HIV can affect people’s feelings about sex in many different ways. Some people become anxious about passing HIV on, or feel less desirable. While some people go...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Transmission of HIV as a criminal offence

    Information about policing and prosecutions of HIV transmission....

    From: Social & legal issues for people with HIV

    Information level Level 4
  • HIV & the criminal law

    An international resource exploring the full range of issues relating to the criminalisation of HIV exposure and transmission, with information on current laws and practice....

    From: Aidsmap 2.0

    Information level Level 4

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  • 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

    30 January 2018 | Bristol Post
  • Porn Empire Must Defend Itself Against Actors’ HIV Lawsuits’s insurance company is not responsible for these litigation costs, says a federal judge. Here’s why.

    21 December 2017 | Poz
  • Are We Punishing Diseases or Punishing People? An Interview With Trevor Hoppe

    The movement to end laws that criminalize people living with HIV for exposure or transmission has gained momentum in the U.S. in recent years. However, HIV is by no means the first disease to be used to target marginalized people who happen to be living with it. sat down with Trevor Hoppe, Ph.D., an assistant professor of sociology with the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), to discuss his new book, Punishing Disease: HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness (University of California Press, 2017).

    11 December 2017 | The Body
  • When HIV is criminalized: Rosemary Namubiru, nurse living with HIV

    Rosemary Namubiru is a 67-year-old nurse living with HIV. She is a mother, grandmother and IAS Member. She was wrongfully accused of intentionally exposing a child to HIV while administering an injection in January 2014. The child did not acquire HIV. However, the accusations created a media firestorm, and she was arrested live on television. Originally charged with attempted murder, she was eventually convicted of criminal negligence. However, on appeal, the judge found that her initial three-year sentence was excessive and ordered her release after she served 10 months in prison. This is her story …

    08 December 2017 | International AIDS Society
  • Police accused of exaggerating risks of HIV to introduce spit guards

    A police force has been accused of fear mongering and stigmatising sufferers of hepatitis C and HIV by playing up the risks of transmission of blood-borne viruses as a reason to introduce spit guards.

    20 November 2017 | The Guardian
  • Daryll Rowe guilty – but is criminal law the right way to stop the spread of HIV?

    The trial has provoked much media comment, and his behaviour widespread condemnation – the details of Rowe’s actions, after all, are particularly shocking. But whatever judgement we might pass on Rowe’s behaviour from a moral or ethical perspective, the criminalisation of HIV transmission and exposure more generally raises a number of important questions, not least regarding its impact on HIV-related stigma and efforts to reduce, and ultimately eradicate, the virus.

    19 November 2017 | The Conversation
  • Daryll Rowe continued to spread HIV while on bail

    Police have come under fire over claims they put gay men in danger when they released a hairdresser on bail, allowing him to continue a campaign to deliberately infect his lovers with HIV.

    17 November 2017 | Metro
  • This Is What It's Like To Be One Of The Men Infected By HIV In Britain's First Case Of Deliberate Transmission

    Despite the nature of Rowe’s crimes, and the multiple tabloid headlines surrounding this case screaming about an already highly stigmatised condition, this is not really a story about HIV. The virus was merely Rowe’s weapon of choice. This is a story about abuse.

    16 November 2017 | Buzzfeed
  • Daryll Rowe guilty of infecting men with HIV

    A man has been convicted of trying to infect 10 men with HIV in a "campaign" to infect as many as possible.

    15 November 2017 | BBC News
  • Brighton hairdresser's HIV strain 'closely related' to victims'

    Six men who accuse a hairdresser of infecting them with HIV have a strain so similar it is "consistent" with him being the source, a court has heard.

    31 October 2017 | BBC News
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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.

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