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Leicestershire AIDS Support Services


Leicestershire AIDS Support Services

LASS AGM

is coming soon – Thursday 9th October.
More information here soon.

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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