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Canada: Liberals hope to deal with HIV non-disclosure issue if re-elected

The Liberals hope to address the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure if re-elected in the fall, the federal justice minister said Friday as advocacy groups pushed the government to make changes to the law.

4 hours ago
CTV News
UNAIDS welcomes the decision of the Constitutional Court of Colombia to strike down the section of the criminal code criminalizing HIV transmission

UNAIDS welcomes the decision of the Constitutional Court of Colombia to remove the section of the criminal code that criminalizes HIV and Hepatitis B transmission. Overly broad criminalization of HIV transmission is ineffective, discriminatory and does not support efforts to prevent new HIV infections.

4 hours ago
Vancouver police search for subject of unprecedented HIV-medication order

Last October, David Hynd pleaded guilty to violating B.C.'s Public Health Act, marking the first time B.C. medical authorities used the courts to force someone into treatment for the virus that causes AIDS. But he now faces six counts of breaching the terms of that order — and police are asking for the public's help in locating the 35-year-old, who has allegedly eluded them for more than a month.

07 June 2019
HIV criminalisation cases recorded in 72 countries, including 49 in the last four years

HIV criminalisation continues: a global review has found that HIV-related arrests, investigations, prosecutions and convictions have ever occurred in at least 72 countries, with recent cases occurring

03 June 2019
Roger Pebody
Medical Investigation: How Did 494 Children In One Pakistani City Get HIV?

Dr. Minhaj Kidwai believes that the outbreak is a result of "contaminated syringes, syringes that are reused for injections in children, unscreened blood transfusions and reuse of dextrose and saline drips."

22 May 2019
Zimbabwe: HIV/Aids transmission law repeal approved by Cabinet

The Marriages Amendment Bill which will repeal a legal provision that criminalises "wilful" transmission of HIV to a partner has been approved by Cabinet.

13 May 2019
Bulawayo24 News
New Policy for British Columbia Prosecutors Still Harms People Living with HIV

The British Columbia Prosecution Service (BCPS) has issued an updated policy on criminally prosecuting cases of alleged HIV non-disclosure. This policy falls short of what is needed and continues to put people living with HIV in British Columbia at risk of unjust prosecution.

25 April 2019
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Zimbabwe Justice minister plans to revoke 'Deliberate HIV Transmission' act

The criminal enactment was instituted in the 1990s at the height of the HIV and Aids pandemic when it seemingly threatened to wipe out the entire population. It was estimated then that a quarter of the population was infected with HIV. Up to 2000, many were reportedly dying from Aids every week. The government later tacitly admitted that there had been a deliberate alarmist approach to scare people into behaviour change.

01 April 2019
NewsDay Zimbabwe
France: Highest Court confirms that people living with HIV with an undetectable viral load can never be prosecuted as the risk of transmission is nul

In a decision handed down on 5 March, the Court of Cassation ruled that it was impossible to prosecute an HIV-positive man on treatment who had sex without a condom and without informing his partner of his HIV status. That’s a first. In a decision handed down on 5 March, the Court of Cassation recognised the preventive nature of HIV treatment. Thus, any person whose viral load is undetectable, who has sex without a condom with another person without the latter being aware of the HIV status of his or her partner, cannot be prosecuted.

22 March 2019
HIV Justice Network
Daryll Rowe infected others with HIV due to ‘denial’ about diagnosis

Daryll Rowe, who was convicted of deliberately infecting five men with HIV, has said in a new BBC documentary that he was in “denial” about his diagnosis, which he used as a “weapon to get a reaction.”

18 March 2019
Pink 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.

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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