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Viral Load Will Be No Defense Against Prosecution for HIV Exposure or Transmission in Norway

A report by a Norwegian Commission on HIV and the Law increased the state's options to prosecute persons who infect or expose others to HIV. The courts in Norway prosecuted individuals under a 1902 law meant to be used against those who negligently o...

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Minnesota: Appeals Court Reverses Conviction in HIV Case

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of an HIV-positive man who was accused of passing the virus to another man through unprotected sex. The court ruled that the statute under which the man was tried was ambiguous.

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Living With HIV: Are We 'Damaged Goods'? A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

"[Todd] struggled to cope with the psychological adjustments necessary for living with the virus and, although most of the time he had decent self-esteem, ... hurtful words consistently pushed him out of emotional balance. Over the years a small part...

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Pennsylvania: The Milton Hershey School Apologizes to HIV-Positive Student

The president of the Milton Hershey School, a private grade school in Pennsylvania, has apologized to a student who last year was denied admission because he has HIV. The school announced it would now welcome the student's attendance beginning this f...

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Justice Dept. Settles HIV Bias Lawsuits

The Justice Department has reached two settlements resolving claims that health care providers refused to serve people with HIV in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The first complaint was filed by a man with HIV who went to th...

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There Is No There There: The False Framing of HIV Criminalization Laws

"No chronic disease strikes fear into the hearts of people quite like HIV/AIDS does," Housing Works' Sunny Bjerk writes. "That fear of rejection, fear of being hurt, and fear of being persecuted for having a virus is truly what is criminal."

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U.S. Busts $108 Million Black Market in Medicaid Drugs

Operators of a nationwide black market have illegally sold more than $100 million of expensive HIV medications and other drugs obtained from patients on the government-run Medicaid health insurance plan, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday. Four dozen p...

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Piecing the Puzzle Together

Positively Aware asked activists, advocates, and medical providers for their take on the state of HIV/AIDS knowledge in the U.S. and the level of comfort Americans have with people who are living with HIV/AIDS.

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Health Care Providers Settle With Justice Department Over Complaints of HIV Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has a leadership role in fighting discrimination against people who are living with HIV or AIDS. It addresses this responsibility through outreach and enforcement of Federal laws. For example, DOJ enforces the Ame...

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Prosecuting HIV: Take the Test -- and Risk Arrest?

"Consenting adults. No intent to harm. Undetectable viral load. A condom was used. No HIV transmission. Twenty-five years in prison. This isn't hypothetical," writes prominent HIV criminalization activist Sean Strub in this overview of U.S. HIV discl...