I wrote a post a while ago about Section 19A of the Victorian Crimes Act which criminalises HIV transmission and I promised to discuss it further, well here we are.

This is the section of the Crimes Act in question: 

CRIMES ACT 1958 - SECT 19A

Intentionally causing a very serious disease
S. 19A(1) amended by No. 48/1997
s. 60(1)(Sch. 1 item 13).

(1) A person who, without lawful excuse, intentionally causes another person to be infected with a very serious disease is guilty of an indictable offence.

Penalty: Level 2 imprisonment (25 years maximum).

S. 19A(2) substituted by No. 46/2008 s. 272.

(2) In subsection (1), “very serious disease” means HIV within the meaning of section 3(1) of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 .
— http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/vic/consol_act/ca195882/s19a.html

I was going to do a write up on this, yet the Saturday Paper did an even better write up than I could have written up so here's a link to theirs:

"How Section 19A Stimgatises HIV/AIDS in Murder Law" by Martin McKenzie- Murray.

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