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Punishing one person for STI transmission weakens public health efforts

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The Conversation, September 21, 2017 Is one person to blame if another gets a sexually transmissible infection (STI)? In most Australian states, if you have certain STIs, you have a legal responsibility to notify your potential sexual partners. The idea that punishing STI exposure or transmission will decrease rates of infection is not supported by global research on HIV, and there is no reason...

Challenging misconceptions about sexual offending: report (Link fixed)

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Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2017 Reports of sexual offences crimes have increased over the last six years. Despite the prevalence of sexual offending in our communities, there is a lack of understanding about these crimes. Myths and misconceptions about sexual offending are common. This is understandable, because sexual offending is a profoundly hidden crime. Much of what we know...

Liz Forsyth: South Australia has some of the country’s most outdated and strictest laws around sex work

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Liz Forsyth, CEO of YWCA Adelaide – in The Advertiser, August 2, 2017 SOUTH Australia has some of the most outdated and strictest laws around sex work in the country. However the Bill to decriminalise sex work may soon be before the House of Assembly, having successfully passed the Legislative Council by 13 votes to eight earlier in July. What will this reform mean? Will sex workers take...

What does the Anna Stubblefield case teach us about sentencing and sexual assault?

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ABC Radio National, 19.6.17  at 1:31 PM A former chair of philosophy at Rutgers University had sex with a man who can’t speak. The resulting court battle raised questions about when and why suffering matters in sentencing — and Anna Stubblefield went to jail. Stubblefield had slept with a man known only by the pseudonym DJ, who has cerebral palsy and to this day has never spoken...

The barriers to medical abortion [in Australia]

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Australian Journal of Pharmacy,  08/06/2017 Australian women are choosing medical abortion less often than international peers because there are barriers to access, argue two experts. in countries where mifepristone has been available for some time, about half of women seeking to terminate a pregnancy choose it over surgical termination. Access in Australia is relatively recent, and at this stage...

Study suggests drug criminalization undermining global HIV/AIDS efforts

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Medical News Today, May 2017 The criminalization of drugs is a leading factor in the world’s HIV epidemic and a potential barrier to eradicating HIV/AIDS, say researchers who’ve undertaken a sweeping review of research on laws and policies prohibiting drug use. Assistant professor Kora DeBeck of SFU’s School of Public Policy, who is a research scientist with the BC Centre for...

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