Is it a crime if someone passes on HIV?

Not necessarily. But there is some legislation that HIV+ people should be aware of, which makes it an offence to knowingly pass on the virus.

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When is transmission a crime?

There are five points that usually dictate whether the transmission was deemed to be unlawful.

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What if I'm accused?

The most important thing is to seek legal advice immediately - and stay calm.

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The law and stigmatisation

Many people believe that criminalising the transmission of HIV reinforces the negative stigma that can be experienced in society by those living with it.

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