Launch of 'Policing Transmission' a Terrence Higgins Trust report

The criminalisation of HIV is a growing phenomenon in the UK. Even though the numbers of successful prosecutions have been low, there have been hundreds of criminal proceedings against people with HIV which have had a devastating impact on their lives.

This important report, funded by City Parochial, looks at police handling of allegations of transmission of HIV in England. The report makes recommendations for good practice to ACPO, based on police records of existing and previous cases. Cases were examined from a number of police forces across England. ACPO have already welcomed the report, which makes a number of recommendations for change, and agreed to develop its findings. The report also has useful observations for community groups and others concerned with the prosecution of people with HIV for transmission of the virus, and gives a vivid picture of how cases have been conducted, both those ending in convictions and those which have been dropped.

The launch was chaired by Lord Norman Fowler, Vice Chair of the APPG on AIDS, former Secretary of State for Health and Trustee of the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT). There were also short speeches from Sir Nick Partridge of THT and DCC Mike Cunningham of ACPO about the report and its recommendations, and how these will go forward.