Edwin Cameron, Justice of the Constitutional Court, South Africa
Today, one of the most serious issues in the AIDS epidemic is the use of criminal statutes and criminal prosecutions against HIV transmission. Such laws are increasingly wide in their application, and frightening in their effects. They aggressively attack rational efforts to lessen the impact and spread of the epidemic and are creating a crisis in HIV management and prevention efforts.
So what lies behind this increasing trend of criminalization? What is the rationale for such laws?