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Leicestershire AIDS Support Services


Leicestershire AIDS Support Services

AGM-2014

LASS Annual General Meeting


Thursday 9th October



At Warning Zone: 30 Frog Island, off North Bridge Place, Leicester, LE3 5AG
(Location and how to get to Warning Zone).

Everyone is welcome to our AGM; you can bring your family & friends

We look forward to seeing you there!

The AGM (Annual General Meeting) is a public meeting where LASS Trustees report back on the management & finances of the organization for the previous year. Trustees are elected & re-elected for the forthcoming year and members have the opportunity to put questions to the board & vote on decisions and for Trustees.  It’s also a great opportunity to meet our staff and volunteer workforce. This year members are voting on incorporation.

Guest speakers:

Alastair Hudson – Reporting on the 2014 International HIV Conference in Melbourne, Aus.

Other speakers tbc

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For more information please contact: Reception@lass.org.ukMitchell@lass.org.uk or telephone us on: 0116 255 9995

Canon Gideon Byamugisha

We really enjoyed Canon Gideon Byamugisha’s visit in September. He inspired, affirmed, generated discussions and ideas with many people. We are looking forward to a great collaboration with FOCAGIFO on the Choose Hope campaign & coalition.

HIV & The Law The report from the session on 28th March is still available for you to download.

The law relating to the transmission of HIV is based on case law, as courts have responded to new situations by expanding the scope of existing legislation and setting precedents. This case law can only be created through contested trials or appeals.

The law used in England and Wales to prosecute people for HIV transmission is the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (OAPA 1861), under the sections relating to ‘grievous bodily harm’ (GBH). Proving GBH originally depended on physical evidence – the existence of a mark, but in the 1990s, in the context of concern about the ineffectiveness of the law to deal with high profile cases of stalking, courts succeeded in broadening the definition to include psychological harm. This subsequently meant that the transmission of disease could be defined as a crime. For a detailed timeline of legal developments, visit AIDSMAP for for more information.

The workshop, led by Birkbeck Lecturer Robert James, provided participants with up to date information about HIV and the law, using recent research by Sigma Research, updates from the National AIDS Trust (NAT) and policy statements by the British HIV Association and the Expert Advisory Group on AIDS.

Obtain your copy of the report by clicking here.

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