AMSTERDAM (AFP) – AIDS experts have called for an end to laws that can see HIV-positive people jailed for exposing others to the virus, saying the approach was “unscientific” and worsening the killer epidemic. At least 68 countries have legislation that criminalises HIV “non-disclosure”, exposure, or transmission, two dozen scientists wrote in a “consensus statement” released at the 22nd International AIDS Conference, here. The statement is meant to serve as a synthesis of up-to-date scientific evidence of how HIV can, and cannot, be transmitted. It concludes that jailing people for exposing others to the virus cannot be backed by science.
Scientists seek end to ‘unscientific’ HIV laws
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