Category: HIV News

Should you be prosecuted for exposing someone to HIV?

Should people who transmit HIV be prosecuted? This was the subject of discussion at the International Aids conference in Durban last month when an American soldier, Kenneth Pinkela, told the story of how he was convicted for exposing another soldier to the virus, which he denies. Pinkela’s is one of the more recent among many court cases involving the transmission — real or imagined — of HIV. Read full story here.



Is It Time to Roll Back the Laws on Spreading HIV?

Florida, Tennessee and Washington were the first states to enact HIV-related criminal laws, in 1986. A 1988 report from the Presidential Commission on the HIV Epidemic recommended that states establish such laws and many did. At present, more than 30 have HIV-related criminal laws. But now that new therapies have greatly lowered the risks of transmission, advocates for those with HIV say these laws are too harsh and should be revised to reduce penalties, or be repealed. But risks remain, and supporters of the laws argue that they still help lower the rate of transmission, reduce health-care costs and prevent sexual violence. While the number of new cases of HIV has remained stable (about 50,000 per year) between 2005 and 2014, gay and bisexual men as well as African-Americans continue to be most affected. The incidence of HIV among black and Latino men who have sex with men increased over the same period, the result being that the laws disproportionately affect them. See how much you know about laws that potentially make living with HIV a crime. Visit here for full article:
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Beyond blame: challenging HIV criminalization

On 17 July, some 200 people living with HIV, human rights activists and representatives of key populations gathered for a one-day meeting on challenging HIV criminalization under the title “Beyond blame: challenging HIV criminalization.” The event, a preconference meeting before the 21st International AIDS Conference, being held in Durban, South Africa, was organized by HIV Justice Worldwide, an international partnership of organizations, including the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Global Network of People Living with HIV, the HIV Justice Network, the International Community of Women Living with HIV, the Positive Women’s Network USA and the Sero Project.


PARTNER Study ZERO HIV Transmissions with Undetectable Viral Load

Terrence Higgins Trust: Undetectable means HIV cannot be transmitted thanks to medication – that’s what the PARTNER Study shows. “We can now say with confidence that if you are taking HIV medication as prescribed, and have had an undetectable viral load for over six months, you cannot pass HIV onto your partner, with or without a condom.” said our Medical Director, Dr Michael Brady.