HIV and the meaning of harm

Matthew Weait

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Much of the criticism addressed at laws criminalising HIV transmission, exposure and non-disclosure assume the legitimacy of treating HIV as a harm with which the criminal law should necessarily be concerned. Using theoretical perspectives drawn from actor network theory and posthumanism, this essay suggests that this assumption may be challenged, and that doing so has the potential to combat discrimination against those living with HIV and AIDS.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCriminalising Contagion
EditorsCatherine Stanton, Hannah Quirk
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-1-107-09182-5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

Publication series

NameCambridge Bioethics and Law


  • HIV
  • criminal law
  • public health
  • posthumanism
  • Actor-Network Theory
  • harm
  • criminalisation


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