Experts agree: overly broad HIV criminalisation is doing more harm than good .

Published: September 10, 2013

 The HIV Justice Network has today released a new documentary, More HARM Than GOOD: How overly broad HIV criminalisation is hurting public health which had its world premiere at the US Conference on AIDS in New Orleans on September 10th. We hope it will be useful for both education and advocacy.  To watch the video and to see all the studies cited in the documentary, visit Download the video from our Vimeo channel:

In many countries around the world, people with HIV are being made criminally liable for HIV prevention.
Despite strong recommendations against this overly broad use of the criminal law by UNAIDS and the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, the latest report from the Global Network of People Living with HIV and the HIV Justice Network highlights that new laws continue to be proposed and enacted, and more prosecutions are taking place than ever before.
The most commonly cited rationale of the criminal law is to deter morally unacceptable behaviour through fear of punishment. Scott Burris and Zita Lazzarini were the first to explore whether US laws that criminalised HIV non-disclosure had the impact that the lawmakers intended.
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