Posts Tagged ‘HIV criminalization’

Georgia University Warning About HIV-Positive Man Transmitting HIV Comes Under Fire

Posted on: September 5th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 6 Comments

On a Tuesday in August, Georgia Southern University issued an alarming “health alert” to its students. A “dominant” black man was “intentionally and knowingly” transmitting HIV. School officials warned the press, too. But weeks later, amid denials by state health officials that they authorized or distributed the alert, the school has quietly removed it from its website. A lot of people are demanding to know why it was posted in the first place. (more…)

Amendment to National Defense bill would require feds to review HIV crimes

Posted on: June 13th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 2 Comments

This article has been updated.

A bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would require the Department of Defense to conduct an internal review of policies and prosecutions related to military members living with HIV. (more…)

The crime of being positive

Posted on: April 1st, 2013 by Todd Heywood 6 Comments

In the late fall of 1988, state lawmakers and representatives from major insurance and pharmaceutical companies were hard at work addressing the looming AIDS crisis for the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative-leaning think tank that produces state-based business-friendly model legislation. (more…)

HIV criminalization may discourage testing, study shows

Posted on: July 18th, 2012 by Todd Heywood 20 Comments

LANSING — A team of researchers has published findings that, they say, indicate criminalization of HIV may discourage testing and hinder efforts to prevent the spread of the disease. (more…)

HIV advocacy groups call for investigation into handling of Michigan criminal case

Posted on: February 9th, 2012 by Todd Heywood 15 Comments

The results of a weeks-long investigation of a criminal case in Grand Rapids, Mich., involving the state’s HIV disclosure law has resulted in state advocacy groups and public health experts calling for state health officials to investigate the case.


Bryan Fischer says his AIDS denialism makes him ‘the best friend the gay community has’

Posted on: January 17th, 2012 by Todd Heywood No Comments

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer posted a blog last week in which he defends his support for the AIDS denialism movement and Dr. Peter Duesberg’s claims that HIV does not cause AIDS. (more…)

Grand Rapids HIV criminal case produces rare statewide notification

Posted on: January 11th, 2012 by Todd Heywood 2 Comments

Kent County announced in late December that it had issued a statewide notice to other health departments in Michigan regarding the 51-year-old Comstock Park man who allegedly attempted to infect “hundreds” of people with HIV. But just how that notice was issued, where, and what the guidelines for such a notice are was an unknown quantity for most Michigan citizens. (more…)

Media analysis: Grand Rapids HIV criminal case spurs ‘sensationalist’ reporting

Posted on: January 9th, 2012 by Todd Heywood 3 Comments

An alleged admission by a 51-year-old Comstock Park, Mich., man that he attempted to infect hundreds of people with HIV through unprotected sexual activity and needle-sharing has sparked a media feeding frenzy, which HIV activists and legal experts have roundly censured as “sensationalist.” (more…)