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Iowa’s highest court throws out 25-year prison sentence for criminal transmission of HIV

This story was co-published with Buzzfeed After a three-year legal battle, Iowa’s highest court has thrown out the sentence of Nick Rhoades, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison and lifetime sex offender registration for criminal transmission of HIV. Rhoades, whose case was central to a ProPublica investigation published…

President’s AIDS council calls on feds and states to repeal HIV criminalization laws

By Todd Heywood The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) passed a resolution last week that calls for an end to federal and state HIV-specific criminal laws and prosecutions. While the resolution is only advisory, it recommends that the departments of Justice and Health and Human Services issue guidance and offer incentives to…

Vancouver finds novel way to reduce HIV: free crack pipes

Determined to halt the spread of diseases in their community, one Canadian neighborhood has adopted a controversial yet effective mitigation program: giving out free crack pipes. According to The Daily Mail, the Vancouver Coastal Health Harm Reduction organization has created a $60,000 “harm reduction program” aimed at at lowering HIV…

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