AHF Europe runs the Checkpoint Amsterdam, a service that provides rapids HIV testing and counselling. The WHO recommends the use of lay testers or non-medical staff in HIV rapid testing in community based settings; currently in the Netherlands there is no specific framework to support the use of lay testers. We are looking for a professional with a background in health law or policy to conduct a thorough review of the current legal framework in the Netherlands related to provision of HIV/AIDS testing services and finger prick techniques. The aim of this is to identify and propose a compliant legal structure for AHF, draft documentation and a step plan to introduce and perform in the Netherlands community based rapid testing for HIV/AIDS. There may also be the need for a report analysing the relative pieces of legislation and documents of European Union, UN, WHO, etc, which would support the conclusions of his legal research. The Work Product should have the level of professionalism, detail and quality that will allow AHF to make publications, press conferences, implement changes in its activities, based on the conclusions of the legal research as performed by the Consultant. We are looking for a candidate who speaks English and Dutch and is available for approximately 2 months to complete the review and related reports. It is important for the candidate to be able to work independently and meet the deadline agreed upon. A Master’s degree in Law and experience in the field is a must. PhD in legal studies in a relevant field will be considered an advantage. This will be a paid assignment. If you are interested in this, please send a one page cover letter and your CV to Alena Davies alena.davies [at] aidshealth.org
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a Los Angeles-based global non-profit provider of HIV prevention services, testing, and healthcare for HIV patients. AHF provides medical care and services in 38 countries worldwide. AHF Europe, part of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, is a provider of user oriented HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care services across Europe in partnership with government and non-government organisations, and advocates for access to these services for all in need. With more than 50, 000 patients in care in Russia, Ukraine, and Estonia and a total of 613,000 people tested (2013-2016) across Europe, AHF Europe is the largest HIV testing and treatment service provider in Europe.
Criminalizing Contagion: ethical, legal and clinical challenges of prosecuting the spread of disease and sexually transmitted infections
The BMJ Group journals Sexually Transmitted Infections (impact factor 3.029) and the Journal of Medical Ethics (impact factor 1.391), in conjunction with academics at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (University of Manchester) and the Health Ethics and Law Network (University of Southampton), would like to publish a collection of articles on the criminalization of disease and sexually transmitted infections. We invite article contributions to be published as part of this themed collection.
The use of criminal law to respond to infectious disease transmission has far-reaching implications for law, policy and practice. It presupposes co-operation between clinicians and criminal justice professionals, and that people who infect others can be effectively and fairly identified and brought to justice. There is a potentially difficult relationship between criminal justice and public health bodies, whose priorities do not necessarily coincide. We are interested in receiving papers of broad interest to an international readership of medical ethics scholars and practicing clinicians on any of the following topics:
• Legislative and policy reform on disease and sexually transmitted infections
• Health services and the police: privacy, state interference and human rights
• Evidence and ethics: prosecuting ‘infectious’ personal behaviours
• Clinicians and the courts: the role of health professionals and criminal justice
• The aims of criminalization and public health: a compatibility problem?
• International comparative studies on disease and criminalization: policy, practice and legal issues
1. Up to eight articles will published in a special section in an issue of Sexually Transmitted Infections in 2013.
2. Two articles will be published in a special section in an issue of Journal of Medical Ethics in 2013.
All articles will be blind peer reviewed according to each individual journal’s editorial policies. Final publication decisions will rest with the Editors in Chief: Professor Jackie Cassell (STI) and Professor Julian Savulescu (JME).
Please submit your article to either journal no later than December 14th 2012.
For Sexually Transmitted Infections:
Articles for STI should be a maximum of 2,500 words and submitted via the journal’s website. Please choose the special issue ‘Criminalizing Contagion’ during the submission process.
For Journal of Medical Ethics:
Articles for JME should be a maximum of 3,500 words, and submitted via the journal’s website. Please choose the special issue ‘Criminalizing Contagion’ during the submission process.
Further submission instructions are on the journals’ respective websites. If you would like to discuss any aspect of your submission, including possible topics and the journals involved, please contact the guest editors in the first instance: Dr David Gurnham (David.Gurnham [at] manchester.ac.uk), Dr Catherine Stanton (Catherine.Stanton [at] manchester.ac.uk) or Dr Hannah Quirk (Hannah.Quirk [at] manchester.ac.uk).
In the weeks leading up to World AIDS Day on 1 December 2011, King’s College London will host a special series of lectures to mark 30 years since the initial recognition of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 1981. The series, ‘AIDS @ 30: Three Decades of Responding to HIV/AIDS’, will offer an opportunity for activists, health workers, and historians who have been involved in the history of the epidemic to reflect on their experiences. Some questions that speakers will address include:
- What new perspective(s) can three decades of history offer on the epidemic?
- What role have history and historians played in public discussions about HIV/AIDS?
- What continuities and discontinuities characterise the epidemic’s history?
- How have questions surrounding the epidemic’s origins evolved since 1981?
- What problems, trends, or silences deserve renewed attention from historians?
All events will be held at 18.15 on Thursdays in Room K2.31, King’s Building, Strand Campus, except 27 October (Room S-3.20) and 3 November (Room K6.29). A 45-minute presentation for a general audience will be followed by a question & answer session and refreshments. Members of the public are welcome; no registration is required. Seating is limited to 90 spaces, so attendees are invited to arrive in good time.
Questions and media enquiries should be directed to:
Dr Richard A. McKay
ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of History/Centre for the Humanities and Health
King’s College London
richard.mckay [at] kcl.ac.uk
Saturday 3rd July
Venue: Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck
This lecture is part of Law on Trial 2010: “Latest figures (2008) from the Health Protection Agency indicate that some 83,000 people are living with HIV in the UK, of which over a quarter are unaware of their infection. After almost thirty years of the global pandemic, and despite legislative and other efforts, people living with HIV and AIDS continue to face serious social and economic disadvantage. For some, law provides security and protection; for others its enforcement can result in the deprivation of liberty or worse. In this session – which begins with a key note lecture by one of the leading international writers and activists in the field of HIV/AIDS – we will be exploring not only the impact of law on people living with HIV and AIDS, but also what the most immediate challenges for law in this area are today.”
Key Note Lecture by Simon Watney: HIV, Poverty and Law in the UK Today
Commentators: Silvia Petretti (Positively Women), Robert James (Birkbeck), Lucy Stackpool-Moore (Birkbeck / SOAS)
Chair: Dr Matthew Weait (Birkbeck)
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