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Views on prosecutions

thinking on prosecutions

The issue of prosecutions for transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has attracted a lot of attention from people with HIV and those who support them, as well as from legal, human rights and public health experts.

If you want to explore this issue in more depth - for example, if you want to find out why we don’t think prosecutions for reckless transmission are helpful - try reading some of the articles, blogs and essays below. They’re full of helpful information.

Whatever your views on this issue, it’s always good to stay informed and research thoroughly before forming an opinion.

Our resources on prosecutions for HIV transmission

Read more about our views on prosecutions.

Policing transmission:


The global picture:

  • We have also worked closely with the Global Network of People with HIV on the European arm of their Global Scan, which gives information on laws and prosecutions for HIV transmission across the world.
  • New cases from all over the world are reported on Edwin Bernard’s excellent blog. The blog also has links to presentations and a debate at the 2010 World AIDS Conference, during which we outlined our work on this in the UK.
  • Edwin is also the author of NAM’s HIV and the Criminal Law resource which covers all the above topics and more in far greater depth.
  • The United Nations Development Programme has undertaken a Global Commission on HIV and the law to explore all of the issues around criminalisation and HIV prevention.
  • UNAIDS has also published a briefing, Criminalization of HIV Transmission, which examines the arguments for and against criminalising HIV transmission.

Why should I oppose the criminalisation of HIV transmission?

Read Ten Reasons to Oppose the Criminalization of HIV Exposure or Transmission by the Open Society Institute, available in eight languages.

It lists reasons why leading experts believe criminalising HIV exposure or transmission is generally an unjust and ineffective public policy.

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This article was last reviewed on 16/9/2015 by Anna Peters

Date due for the next review: 16/9/2018

Content Author: Daisy Ellis

Current Owner: Policy

More information:

Policing Transmission, Terrence Higgins Trust & NAT, 2008

Investigation Guidance relating to the Criminal Transmission of HIV, NAT and ACPO