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Media Release - Public health, not criminal law

Late yesterday, February 18, representatives from Magenta, NAPWHA, Scarlet Alliance, SWOP NSW and the WA AIDS Council produced a joint media release following media reports of an alleged HIV transmission.

While we cannot comment on a case before the courts, we can comment on the standard of reporting. Depictions of the case in the media have been sensationalised, highly stigmatising and disrespectful. The misinformed and stigmatising media reporting that often accompanies these cases undermines public health education messages and creates an environment of fear in which people are reluctant to test, and people with HIV cannot disclose their status.

To read the full media release, click here.




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