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Title: Keeping confidence: HIV and the criminal law from service provider perspectives
Post by: UK CAB Moderator on January 28 2013, 04:33 pm
Free conference to attend - FYI
Keeping confidence: HIV and the criminal law from service provider perspectives
Duration: June 2012 - March 2013

The Monument Trust generously funded Sigma Research at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Birkbeck College to undertake a study on perceptions of criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission among HIV service providers.
Project Description: In the latter half of 2012 we undertook 7 focus group discussions with a total of 75 providers of HIV health and social care services in England and Wales. We sought to ascertain a broad range of providersí thoughts on criminal prosecutions for the transmission of HIV, and whether they felt the criminal law had any influence over their daily practices and interactions with people with diagnosed HIV. Some of the focus groups were undertaken with clinical teams, and others with a mixture of participants from a range of social care and voluntary sector organisations. All information was shared in confidence. Following each group, we discussed some factual and legal points about the development of case law in this area, and participants were offered a briefing sheet of further resources (see below).

Keeping Confidence Conference: The qualitative data will be collated into a community report, to be launched at a free one-day conference on Wednesday 6 March 2013 at Birkbeck College in Central London. The report will focus on the main themes arising from our analysis of the focus group discussions, and these findings and associated policy and practice recommendations will be of interest to: those who provide HIV health and social care and their professional bodies (for instance NHIVNA, CHIVA, BHIVA, BASHH, SSHA, BPS), police and others who play a role in criminal investigations and trials, and people with diagnosed HIV. Please complete and return a conference registration form if you would like to attend.

Conference Registration Form (for Word 2007 onwards):

Conference Registration Form (for earlier Word versions):

DRAFT Programme  -

Resources: The following links offer information on criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission relevant within the UK context.
HIV Justice Network -
aidsmap: transmission and the law -
Resource sheet distributed to study participants -
The project was approved by the Ethics Committee of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Key contact at Sigma Research: Catherine Dodds -