Lisa Power (THT) describes the pragmatic response to the use of general laws to prosecute HIV transmission in England & Wales, including the creation of prosecutorial and police guidance.

Criminalisation of HIV Exposure and Transmission: Global Extent, Impact and The Way Forward, co-organised by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and NAM ( was held in Vienna on July 18th 2010.

This meeting prior to the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS2010) by and for advocates against the criminalisation of HIV nondisclosure, exposure and non-intentional transmission was held to:
• Understand where and how laws and prosecutions are happening;
• Hear how different solutions to complex issues are being found in the international arena, in national policy, and in case law judgments; and
• Explore pragmatic advocacy strategies in order to move towards the goal of decriminalisation.

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