"There is no evidence to suggest that criminalisation will impede the spread of HIV. On the contrary, advocates believe that it contributes to the stigmatisation of people with HIV, undermines the notion that HIV prevention is a responsibility that is shared between HIV-negative and HIV-positive people, and discourages people from testing for HIV.

Internationally, such laws are often applied selectively, targeting particularly marginalized groups. In the UK, many of the first cases were prosecutions of black African men. However, since then, a wider variety of individuals with HIV have been prosecuted."

Information sourced from NAM AIDSmap.

Links to relevant articles / pages regarding stigma:

Stigma defined

Dealing with stigma and descrimination

HIV and criminalisation FAQs