Convicted of ... HIV?

Monday, November 18, 2013 • 12:15 PM • Law School 4055Duke Law Events

HIV criminalization, the use of HIV status in criminal prosecutions, is a growing and potentially dangerous phenomenon. About two-thirds of all states now have HIV-specific criminal statutes, creating a "viral underclass" in the law based on an immutable characteristic. What are some of the implications of this type of criminal law policy? In what situations does the law consider HIV to be a "deadly weapon," and is it doing so appropriately? What should the remedies for such situations be? Come to lunch on November 18th and engage in a discussion with Robert Suttle, who was prosecuted on HIV-related charges, Sean Strub, a legal expert on HIV criminalization, and Professor Carolyn McAllaster, who leads the AIDS Law Clinic at Duke. Cosponsored by the Health Law Society, the AIDS Law Clinic, and OUTLaw. Sponsored by DBA and the Dean's Blueprint Fund. For more information, please contact Ben Shellhorn at

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