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Criminalisation of HIV transmission: an overview for clinicians

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The law surrounding criminal liability for HIV transmission is complex, but informing patients of potential culpability is arguably1 part of our professional duty. The purpose of this summary is to simplify and guide clinicians by explaining the legal basis for criminalising HIV transmission, defining reckless transmission and discussing how disclosure, condoms and treatment as prevention (TasP) may impact criminal liability. Lastly, it discusses how this information can easily be conveyed to patients.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
JournalSexually Transmitted Infections
Early online date2 May 2018
Publication statusEarly online - 2 May 2018


  • Criminalisation of HIV transmission

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