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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
'I felt my life was over': Lenny Royal on the horror of being deliberately infected with HIV

One of five men infected by hairdresser Daryll Rowe, Royal’s own diagnosis came after both his parents died of Aids. He explains why he waived his anonymity to talk about the case.

13 March 2019
The Guardian
BBC Releases Documentary On First Man Convicted Of Using HIV As Weapon

BBC Three is releasing a documentary about Daryll Rowe, the first person in England to ever be convicted of deliberately spreading HIV. The Man Who Used HIV As A Weapon will tell the intimate stories of five men who were abused by the hairdresser as they question why he chose to commit such a heinous crime with so many men.

07 March 2019
Pretty 52
Navigating rules and reality: HIV disclosure, infectiousness and legal obligations in Sweden

Despite generally positive relationships with HIV clinic staff, men living with HIV in Sweden report that when it comes to rules regarding disclosure and legal obligations, clinicians

06 February 2019
Krishen Samuel
Canada: Groups want provinces to have consistent policies on limiting HIV prosecutions

Advocacy groups are calling on provinces to follow the Justice Department’s directive to stop unjustly prosecuting HIV-positive people for not disclosing their status if there is no chance they could transmit the virus to their sexual partners.

05 February 2019
Vancouver Sun

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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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