Constructing an “HIV-Killer”: HIV Non-Disclosure and the Techniques of Vilification

by Erica R. Speakman

The author analyzed government documents and publications, news items, and some court materials from a Canadian criminal case to identify patterns and common themes. The article outlines five vilification techniques used by authorities and reporters to characterize people living with HIV (PLHIV) who do not disclose their status to a sexual partner as dangerous.

  • Global
  • Inequalities in health
  • Laws and regulations
  • Media
  • Policy
  • Research
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • General public
  • NGOs
  • People living with HIV (PLHIV)
  • Policy makers

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