The issue of prosecutions for transmission of HIV and other 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.

Some people believe that such prosecutions are unjust and unhelpful.

If you want to explore this issue in more depth, try reading some of the articles, blogs and essays below. 

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

The global picture

  • We have 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 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 [PDF], which examines the arguments for and against criminalising HIV transmission.