Global Criminalisation Scan

Global Criminalisation Scan

The Criminalisation of non-disclosure, exposure to, and transmission of HIV hinders HIV prevention and treatment efforts. The threat of jail does not motivate people to come out and test for HIV. Nor does it help people living with HIV to seek treatment. HIV treatment has progressed such that the risk of optimally treated people living with HIV to pass on HIV is negligible.
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HIV criminalisation is still resulting in gross human rights violations on a daily basis. In the United States, for example, a number of people living with HIV are serving life prison sentences for spitting at a police officer. Such prosecutions are gross human rights violations and send a discriminatory and stigmatising message to the general public as how HIV can be transmitted.

The Global Criminalisation Scan is a clearing house of information on the criminalisation of HIV transmission and exposure. The data collection includes country-by-country laws, regulations and jurisprudence on the persecution of people living with HIV. The Scan now holds information from around 200 countries and judicial territories.

Additionally it includes laws and regulations which impede effective responses to HIV, such as travel restrictions and laws criminalising same sex sexual relations, commercial sex work, and harm reduction measures in the context of injecting drugs. Where available, the country pages hold this information.

You can access the Criminalisation Scan here.

Do you want to use the Criminalisation Scan yourself? Contact GNP+

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