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HIV criminalisation high on the agenda at AIDS 2018

For those of you able to be in Amsteram make sure you don’t miss all the amazing HIV criminalisation events taking place before and during the conference.

22 July 2018
HIV Justice Network
Fear of contagion clouds our thinking about the transmission of HIV

There is no legal obligation on a person with HIV to disclose their status, nor is there a law that provides a specific penalty for knowingly transmitting the disease. For the second time this year, this legal situation is being tested in the courts. This raises serious questions about our understanding both of HIV the disease and of personal responsibility with regard to health. Is the contraction of HIV, now a treatable long-term condition, “serious harm”? Who is at fault for contracting a disease? What does fault mean? These are very difficult questions and have vexed societies for as long as contagious diseases have circulated them.

12 July 2018
Irish Times
Punishment: AIDS in the Shadow of an American Institution

An excerpt from the introduction to Punishing Disease: HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness. From the very beginning of the epidemic, AIDS was linked to punishment.

27 June 2018
Laws That Criminalize Spread Of Infectious Diseases Can Increase Their Stigma

An Ohio man who has the hepatitis C virus was sentenced to 18 months in prison on June 14 for spitting at Cleveland police and medics, according to a news report.

25 June 2018
How to Deal With Conflicts About Ex-Lovers, HIV, Trump and More

A provocative interview with author Sarah Schulman also reveals the most pressing issues facing gay people and the HIV community.

13 June 2018
British Columbia's HIV non-disclosure rules are falling behind

Advocates for people living with HIV say they are disappointed and frustrated by new guidelines from the BC Prosecution Service on how to handle HIV non-disclosure cases.

12 June 2018
Daily Xtra
Swedish Court Decriminalizes Unprotected Sex for HIV-Infected People on Therapy

In a precedent-setting ruling, the Supreme Court of Sweden ruled that "thorough treatment" minimized the risk of infection, thus making a dent in the divulgence requirement for the HIV-positive before having unprotected sex.

08 June 2018
Sputnik News
Brighton Argus was right to name HIV hairdresser before he was charged, IPSO rules

A regional daily was justified in naming a hairdresser later found guilty of deliberately infecting men with HIV before he had been charged by police, the press watchdog has ruled.

25 May 2018
Hold The Front Page
Would a Disclosure Contract With My Sex Partners Protect Me From HIV Criminalization?

Tiffany Marrero, who has been living with HIV since birth, uses a contract with her partners to verify that she disclosed her HIV status to them before any sexual contact. But are contracts a way to stay safe?

16 May 2018
The Body
Misinformation is the real culprit in British Columbia HIV case

Police and media left out key details of HIV non-disclosure charges: the defendant had a suppressed viral load and couldn’t transmit the virus to anyone.

08 May 2018

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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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