Regions/countries/states/jurisdictions covered

ACT (Aus) (3) Africa (37) Alberta (5) Angola (3) Arkansas (6) Asia (1) Australia (50) Austria (6) Azerbaijan (1) Belgium (1) Benin (2) Bermuda (3) Botswana (6) Brazil (1) British Columbia (7) Burkina Faso (1) Burundi (1) California (5) Cambodia (1) Cameroon (1) Canada (119) China (3) Colorado (2) Congo (1) Czech Republic (1) Delaware (1) Denmark (10) Egypt (4) Europe (3) Fiji (1) Finland (7) Florida (7) France (10) Georgia (US) (4) Germany (15) Ghana (1) Guinea (5) Guinea-Bissau (3) Guyana (1) Idaho (2) Illinois (5) India (3) Indiana (1) Iowa (7) Ireland (3) Italy (1) Jamaica (1) Kansas (3) Kentucky (2) Kenya (4) Kyrgyzstan (1) Laos (1) Latin America (1) Lesotho (1) Louisiana (2) Maine (2) Malawi (2) Mali (3) Malta (2) Manitoba (8) Maryland (3) Michigan (12) Minnesota (1) Mississippi (2) MIssouri (4) Montana (1) Mozambique (2) Nebraska (3) Netherlands (3) New Hampshire (1) New Jersey (2) New Mexico (2) New South Wales (2) New York (11) New Zealand (17) Niger (3) Nigeria (3) North Carolina (3) Norway (10) Nova Scotia (1) NSW (Aus) (3) Ohio (5) Oklahoma (2) Ontario (55) Oregon (1) Papua New Guinea (1) Pennsylvania (3) Qatar (1) Quebec (7) Queensland (Aus) (1) Rwanda (2) Saskatchewan (4) Scotland (5) Senegal (2) Sierra Leone (4) Singapore (6) South Africa (6) South Australia (14) South Carolina (4) South Dakota (2) South Korea (3) Spain (1) Swaziland (1) Sweden (20) Switzerland (10) Tanzania (3) Tennessee (4) Texas (7) Togo (5) UAE (1) Uganda (18) UK (38) Ukbekistan (1) Ukraine (1) USA (149) Vermont (1) Victoria (Aus) (14) Virginia (2) Washington (State) (2) Western Australia (5) Wisconsin (3) Zimbabwe (5)

Essential resources

The Global Criminalisation Scan: a GNP+ microsite

The Global Criminalisation Scan: a GNP+ microsite
Providing details of laws and numbers of prosecutions for almost every country, an invaluble resource for anyone interested in criminal HIV exposure and transmission laws.


A web portal that faciliates sharing knowledge on HIV/AIDS, the law and human rights.

Ten Reasons to Oppose the Criminalization of HIV Exposure or Transmission (Dec 2008)

Ten Reasons to Oppose the Criminalization of HIV Exposure or Transmission (Dec 2008)
This document, co-produced by the Open Society Institute, and available in eight languages, provides ten reasons why criminalising HIV exposure or transmission is generally an unjust and ineffective public policy. It has been endorsed by leading HIV/AIDS, human rights, and women’s organisations and networks throughout the world.

Verdict on a Virus

Verdict on a Virus
Produced by GNP+, ICW and IPPF, this excellent and easy to understand booklet, available in English and French, spotlights the human rights implications of criminalisation and advocates for alternatives.


Intimacy and Responsibility: The Criminalisation of HIV Transmission, by Matthew Weait (2007)See this blog entry for more on this highly-recommended book from one of the smartest critical thinkers on the subject, Dr Matthew Weait. 

James Chalmers Legal Responses to HIV and AIDS (2008)

Thomas Shevory Notorious H.I.V.: The Media Spectacle of Nushawn Williams (2004)

Lance Gable et al. Legal aspects of HIV/AIDS: a guide for policy and law reform (2007)

UK and international resources

English translation of 2009 Geneva judgment

English translation of 2009 Geneva judgment now available
Click on the image to download the official English translation of the original French ruling from the Geneva Court of Justice in February 2009, quashing the 18 month prison sentence of a young HIV-positive man previously convicted of HIV exposure, after accepting testimony from Bernard Hirschel (one of the 'Swiss statement' authors) that the risk of sexual HIV transmission on successful treatment is close to zero. Credit and thanks to the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network who prepared this from the original French document, provided courtesy of Deborah Gliejser of Groupe Sida Geneve.

'Swiss statement' now available in English

An officially-translated English version of the 2008 'Swiss statement' on the effect of treatment on transmission is now available thanks to the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Download the pdf here.

You might also be interested in the April 2009 position paper on individualising treatment-related prevention information to HIV-positive people by Deutsche AIDS Hilfe, Germany's largest HIV/AIDS NGO. An English-language report summarising the paper can be found on, and the original German-language paper, HIV-Therapie und Prävention, Positionspapier der Deutschen AIDS-Hilfe can be downloaded here.

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