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Law & Society – 24 September 2011

Yes to the Epidemics Act: discrimination in penal cases against people with HIV eliminated.

Zurich, 23 September 2013. Swiss voters have said yes to the new Epidemics Act. This puts an end to the many years of discrimination in penal cases against people with HIV. Under the new Epidemics Act the transmission of a dangerous human disease is only prosecutable if the perpetrator acted with malicious intent. In recent years, dozens of sentences have been issued against people with HIV if they practised unsafe sex. This applied even if their sexual partners were informed in advance of the HIV infection. The approval of the new Epidemics Act eliminates this injustice. Anyone with an HIV infection who informs his or her sexual partner of the fact need no longer fear being prosecuted for having transmitted or attempted to transmit a dangerous human disease. ...

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