Guidance for prosecutors on HIV-related Criminal Cases

This guidance document therefore presents 10 key principles that should assist prosecutors in handling a prosecution – or potential prosecution – involving an allegation of HIV non-disclosure, exposure or transmission. Each principle is accompanied by a more detailed commentary examining the specific application of the principle by prosecutors in the course of their handling of a potential or ongoing prosecution. Each principle and its accompanying commentary is grounded in a consideration of the best available scientific evidence, applicable international human rights standards, as well as the widely-agreed professional standards governing the function of prosecutors within the criminal justice system.