Victoria is the only State in Australia to have a specific law criminalising the transference of HIV. Section 19A of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) establishes the criminal offence of ‘intentionally causing a very serious disease’ – with ‘very serious disease’ defined exclusively to mean HIV infection. The offence carries a maximum penalty of up…
National HIV Strategy, Section 19a and Transmissions
Earlier this week the Federal Health Minister, The Hon. Peter Dutton MP, accompanied by Victoria’s Minister for Health David Davis, launched the National HIV Strategy for 2014-2017. Amongst the highlights were new arrangements for dispensing HIV medications and the potential for Australia to soon see “Self HIV Test Kits” on the shelves of your local chemist….
Victoria’s HIV infection data for 2013
Victoria’s Health Minister the Hon. David Davis joins Dean Beck to discuss the latest HIV infection data for 2013. Last week Victoria’s Department of Health revealed that 303 people were diagnosed HIV positive in 2013. This represents a 16% increase on the 2012 figures. Such high figures have not been seen since the early 1990′s….