Journal article

Sexual transmission of HIV and the law: an Australian medical consensus statement

Mark Boyd, David Cooper, Elizabeth A Crock, Levinia Crooks, Michelle L Giles, Andrew Grulich, Sharon R Lewin, David Nolan, Trent Yarwood



INTRODUCTION: Criminal cases involving human immunodeficiency virus transmission or exposure require that courts correctly comprehend the rapidly evolving science of HIV transmission and the impact of an HIV diagnosis. This consensus statement, written by leading HIV clinicians and scientists, provides current scientific evidence to facilitate just outcomes in Australian criminal cases involving HIV.Main recommendations: Caution should be exercised when considering charges or prosecutions regarding HIV transmission or exposure because:Scientific evidence shows that the risk of HIV transmission during sex between partners of different HIV serostatus can be low, negligible or too low to quanti..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Mark Boyd receives grant funding and honoraria for preparation and delivery of educational materials from AbbVie, Merck, Gilead, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Janssen-Cilag and ViiV Healthcare. Levinia Crooks receives a fee from Gilead for sitting on their fellowship committee; the full fee is allocated to the ASHM International Gift Fund. Andrew Grulich has acted as an expert witness in legal cases concerning HIV transmission. Andrew Redmond is a board member of the HIV Foundation Queensland.