Articles tagged with: criminalization of HIV non-disclosure

N.S. court overturns sexual-assault convictions of HIV-positive man who didn’t disclose condition

published: February, 21, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

"The sole issue in this case is whether psychological harm said to have been caused by non-disclosure of HIV status vitiates consent to sexual activity. The short answer is no, it does not." The Globe and Mail reports.

N.S. court overturns sexual-assault convictions of HIV-positive man who didn’t disclose condition

Wesley Vandinter/Getty Images To read the complete article, visit the Globe and Mail, here. HALIFAX (CP)  -- Nova Scotia's highest court has overturned the sexual-assault convictions of an HIV-positive former boxer who slept with two women, saying their consent wasn't diminished by the man not disclosing his condition. Claude Thompson was found guilty of sexual-assault causing bodily harm of two women in Antigonish, N.S., and sentenced to 30 months in jail. In a written ruling released Th

Year In Review 2017: Criminalizing people with HIV

published: December, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors

After years of inaction, governments finally seem open to changes in prosecuting cases of HIV non-disclosure, but it’s not happening fast enough for those who end up behind bars. From NOW Magazine,

Year In Review 2017: Criminalizing people with HIV

Alexander McClelland says there should be a moratorium on the prosecution of cases of HIV non-disclosure. This article by Alexander McClelland originally appeared at NOW Magazine, here. For those of us working to change Canada’s laws for people living with HIV, 2017 has been a wild year. After years of bleak inaction and international condemnation – Canada is currently among the top five countries when it comes to criminalizing and incarcerating people living with HIV – the decisio

A step towards ending unjust HIV criminalization

published: December, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

The HIV community should be heartened by recent events—developments that are very much welcome, but nowhere near enough. Here's a chance to make your voice heard

A step towards ending unjust HIV criminalization

On World AIDS Day, after years of advocacy by community organizations, both the federal and Ontario governments recognized the need to limit the “overcriminalization of HIV” in Canada. Both took a first step toward by recognizing that criminal prosecution for alleged HIV non-disclosure is not warranted in the case where a person living with HIV had a “suppressed viral load,” because this is at odds with the science. The federal Justice Minister released her department’s report, C

Have your say about HIV criminalization: complete online survey by Aug 31.

published: August, 08, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Research, Legal, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

The Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) seeks your input towards creating a Community Consensus Statement

Have your say about HIV criminalization: complete online survey by Aug 31.

(La version française se trouve ci-dessous.) The Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC), which officially launched in October 2016, was founded by a group of Canadians and representatives of Canadian organizations compelled to join forces at a national level to progressively reform discriminatory and unjust criminal and public health laws and practices that criminalize and regulate people living with HIV in relation to HIV exposure, transmission and non-disclosure in Canada

Rethinking justice: seventh symposium on HIV, law and human rights

published: May, 08, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

You’re invited to join us for the day on Thursday, June 15, 2017, for Rethinking Justice, our 7th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights.

Rethinking justice: seventh symposium on HIV, law and human rights

This year’s Symposium is devoted to a critical look at the unjust criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. Themes to be discussed include: Current state of criminalization: Canada and the world  Voices rising: Speaking out about the experience of HIV criminalization Science of HIV transmission: recent applications, emerging issues Advocacy updates and ways forward The full-day event will take place at the Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W., in Toronto. We will release

Campaign to Stop Unjust HIV-related Criminal Prosecutions in Ontario

published: April, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

An update from HALCO about the current state of HIV criminalization in Ontario

Campaign to Stop Unjust HIV-related Criminal Prosecutions in Ontario

People living with HIV continue to be charged with aggravated sexual assault – one of the most serious offences in Canada’s Criminal Code, designed to respond to the most horrific of forced sex acts — which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and designation as a sex offender. These prosecutions are happening even in circumstances where: (i) sexual behaviour is consensual; (ii) there is negligible to no risk of HIV transmission; (iii) there is no intention to transmit HIV;

HIV: prosecution or prevention? HIV is not a crime

published: March, 31, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Women, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

From POZ, an excerpt from Sean Strub's book, The War on Sex, edited by David M. Halperin and Trevor Hoppe.

HIV: prosecution or prevention? HIV is not a crime

This excerpt from Sean Strub's book, The War on Sex previously appeared at POZ, here. Iowan Nick Rhoades is HIV-positive and has had an undetectable viral load for many years, making it virtually impossible for him to sexually transmit the virus. When he had sex with a man he met online in 2008, he also used a condom. Despite these protective measures, Rhoades was prosecuted and convicted for not disclosing his HIV status to his partner before they had sex. He was sentenced to 25 years i

HIV Criminalization in Canada by the numbers

published: March, 22, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Legal, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network just published a report which sheds light on HIV non-dsclosure cases in Canada - who, where and when people have been charged and what were the outcomes. It's a must read!

HIV Criminalization in Canada by the numbers

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has just published a report which sheds light on  criminalization cases seen in Canada from 1989 to 2016. It’s fascinating reading. Not only that it points to inequities in who is prosecuted and where. Most importantly though  it provides a framework for those working on anti-criminalization measures to speak in an informed evidence-based way on the need to reform criminal justice approaches to HIV non-disclosure in this country. I'll go over a few hig

This is HIV stigma 2016.

published: February, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors

Lessons for Canada? FS magazine presents their third annual survey on the state of stigma in the UK.

This is HIV stigma 2016.

This article originally appeared in the UK’s FS magazine, a publication of GMFA, here. For the last three years, FS has asked gay and bisexual men living with HIV for their thoughts on HIV stigma, how it affects them and the challenges they face. Since 2014, we have listened to thousands of these men and they have spoken very honestly with us. In 2016, we surveyed another 750 gay and bisexual men living with HIV to see if anything has changed. Here are the results: Stigma in 2016 We aske

Infecting people with HIV shouldn’t be a crime… I think.

published: January, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From Above the Law, Elie Mystal on the many compelling reasons why criminalization of HIV non-disclosure is "just too complicated for criminal law to adequately deal with."

Infecting people with HIV shouldn’t be a crime… I think.

To read the complete article by Elie Mystal, go to Above the Law, here. If you are around my age, then you became sexually aware around the time where HIV was a death sentence. Do not pass go, do not collect $200 in your workplace discrimination claim, just go directly to Tom Hanks in Philadelphia jail and die. Times have changed. Science has changed. HIV is survivable. One must imagine that Roger from Rent is still alive. Still, it’s hard to shake the feeling that HIV is the worst po

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