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J Int AIDS Soc. 2008 Dec 1;11:7. doi: 10.1186/1758-2652-11-7.

HIV is a virus, not a crime: ten reasons against criminal statutes and criminal prosecutions.

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Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa, Bloemfontein, South Africa.


The widespread phenomenon of enacting HIV-specific laws to criminally punish transmission of, exposure to, or non-disclosure of HIV, is counter-active to good public health conceptions and repugnant to elementary human rights principles. The authors provide ten reasons why criminal laws and criminal prosecutions are bad strategy in the epidemic.

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