HIV Criminalisation a Setback to Africa's Aids Efforts
Civil society organisations working on HIV and human rights in Africa have denounced a trend in applying criminal law to HIV transmission. These laws also often provide for compulsory HIV testing, disclosure of HIV status and involuntary partner notification. Rights groups have appealed to governments to repeal HIV-specific criminal laws and reject any legislative proposals to create new HIV-specific offences.
Namibian, 8 November 2017
Civil society organisations working on HIV and human rights in Africa recently condemned the enactment of repressive laws which often include provisions that criminalise HIV… Read more »
HIV testing (file photo).
GroundUp, 10 October 2017
On 19 January 2017, the High Court of Malawi in Zomba handed down a judgment with huge implications for HIV-positive people living in the country. Read more »
Namibia: HIV Infection Difficult to Prosecute
Namibian, 3 October 2017
IT is very difficult to prove that someone infected another person knowingly with HIV and to then prosecute them, said Michaela Clayton, director of the AIDS and Rights Alliance… Read more »
Southern Africa: HIV Criminalisation a Setback to Regional AIDS Efforts
New Era, 16 May 2016
The criminalisation of HIV simply undermines the remarkable global scientific advances and proven public health strategies that could open the path to vanquishing AIDS by 2030,… Read more »
Zambian President Edgar Lungu has announced the legalisation of HIV testing and treatment in all public health institutions without the informed consent of patients. Lungu says the ... Read more »